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Summary

  1. Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalised US citizen born in Afghanistan, is a suspect in New York and New Jersey blasts
  2. After a manhunt, Mr Rahami was arrested in New Jersey following a shoot-out with police
  3. At least 29 people were injured in an explosion in the Chelsea district of New York City on Saturday night
  4. Backpack containing up to five devices exploded in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  5. Republican Donald Trump blames the immigration system and is accused of demagoguery by Hillary Clinton

Live Reporting

By Roland Hughes and Tom Geoghegan

All times stated are UK

End of our live coverage

We're going to end our live coverage of the day's events, so here's a recap of what has happened:

  • Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalised US citizen born in Afghanistan, is arrested on suspicion of being behind the New York and New Jersey blasts
  • He is held in Linden, New Jersey after a shootout with police - two officers are injured and Mr Rahami is treated for a gunshot wound
  • Officials say they are investigating whether he had been radicalised
  • An explosion in Manhattan late on Saturday injured 29 people; another device was found nearby
  • Early on Monday, a backpack containing up to five devices exploded in Elizabeth, New Jersey, when a bomb disposal robot tried to deactivate it

Friend: Rahami changed after trip to Afghanistan

Flee Jones, 27, told the New York Times that Mr Rahami's appearance and behaviour began to change after he visited his native Afghanistan about four years ago. 

After returning home from his trip, he grew a beard, began wearing traditional Muslim robes and prayed in the back of the store. 

Clinton: Trump rhetoric 'seized by IS'

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pauses as she speaks to the media before boarding her campaign plane at the Westchester County airport
Reuters

Over the course of the day, the presidential candidates have taken several pot-shots at each other in response to the blasts - this time, it's Hillary Clinton's turn.

She had earlier said it was crucial to acknowledge that the vast majority of Muslims in America were peaceful - only for Mr Trump to speak out against "radical Islam", and for his adviser to emphasise how unsafe it was to let in refugees.

Speaking to reporters in New York state in the past few hours, Mrs Clinton said:

We know that a lot of the rhetoric we've heard from Donald Trump has been seized on by terrorists, in particular ISIS, because they are looking to make this into a war against Islam rather than a war against jihadists.

More images of suspect's arrest

Ahmad Khan Rahami is taken into custody after a shootout with police Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Linden, N.J
Ed Murray/NJ Advance Media via AP
Ahmad Khan Rahami was arrested after reportedly being spotted asleep in Linden, New Jersey
Ahmad Khan Rahami is taken into custody after a shootout with police Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Linden, N.J
Ed Murray/NJ Advance Media via AP
The suspect was shot in the leg and later underwent surgery

What don't we know about the attacks and the suspect?

There's plenty we do know about the blasts and suspects Ahmad Khan Rahami.

So what don't we know?

  • The motivation for the attacks: while investigators are now considering them as acts of terror, they said they are still looking into whether Mr Rahami had been radicalised
  • Was there a link to the Islamic State group? While media linked to IS were quick to claim a link to the attack that injured nine in a Minnesota mall on Saturday, there has been no such claim in this case - at least not yet
  • How authorities pinpointed the suspect: Some details have been revealed, and plenty of speculation has followed - whether a mobile phone used in one device was registered to Mr Rahami, for example - but a clear narrative has not yet emerged

Clinton pitches for commander-in-chief

Anthony Zurcher

BBC North America reporter

Hillary Clinton's remarks may have revealed a bit about how she views the current dynamics of the race. Twice she noted that she is the "only candidate in the race" who has made life-and-death decisions on engaging enemy combatants on the battlefield.

"I have sat at that table in the [White House] Situation Room," she said. "I've analysed the threats. I've contributed to actions that have neutralised our enemies. I know how to do this."

With those lines Mrs Clinton not only attempted to differentiate herself from Mr Trump, but also from third-party candidates like Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Recent polls show those two candidates cutting into Mrs Clinton's lead, particularly among young voters. Perhaps this is the beginning of an effort by the Democrat to use the national security issue as a way to prevent Americans from casting ballots for these lesser-known candidates.

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Homeless men saved lives says New Jersey mayor

Bomb squad personnel stand around the scene of an explosion near the train station, early Monday, Sept 19, 2016, in Elizabeth, N.J.
AP

Two homeless men discovered the backpack which contained five pipe bombs and saved hundreds of lives by reporting it to police, said Christian Bollwage, the mayor of Elizabeth, New Jersey.

The backpack was found near a rubbish bin at a train station. It exploded as a police robot tried to deactivate the explosives.

"They were walking with angels. They carried this [backpack] 800 to 1,000 yards before they dropped it," Mr Bollwage said. They had initially thought that the backpack contained valuables because they saw the wires inside.

He added that police are speculating that Ahmad Khan Rahami, who police have arrested in connection to the attacks, was trying to dump the backpack in order to conceal evidence.

What we know about blasts suspect

This undated photo provided by the New Jersey State Police shows Ahmad Khan Rahami, wanted for questioning Monday, Sept. 19, 2016
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Ahmad Khan Rahami is the man officials say was suspected of being behind the New York and New Jersey blasts - but who is he?

Ryan McCann, a neighbour of Mr Rahami's in Elizabeth, New Jersey, said: "He's a very friendly guy, that's what's so scary."

Mr Rahami's family run a fried chicken shop in the town, and patrons said he appeared to have been taking over restaurant operations from his father.

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Trump pounces on new immigration error: "Wake-up call for every American"

The Department of Homeland Security has admitted they mistakenly granted US citizenship to at least 858 immigrants who come from "special interest countries", which present a national security concern or have high rates of immigration fraud.

Donald Trump's campaign was quick to pounce on the error and warned that Hillary Clinton's "open border" policy will imperil the US.

The DHS mistake occurred because fingerprint identification was lacking in the immigrants' paper files. The DHS does not use electronic filing systems.

At least three immigrants-turned-citizens were able to acquire aviation or transportation worker credentials, giving them access to marinas and airports. A fourth has become a law enforcement officer.

At least two are being investigated for links to terrorism, according to the Washington Times newspaper.

“Last weekend’s attacks, which are just the latest to be carried out on US soil on President Obama's watch, should be a wake-up call for every American. It is highly disturbing and entirely unacceptable that 858 immigrants from dangerous countries have slipped into our country and been granted full US citizenship because of the failed policies supported by President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Even worse, Clinton must explain her reckless support for a 550% increase in Syrian refugees and her push for an all-out open border policy, which will put even more Americans at risk.

Jason MillerSenior communications adviser with the Trump campaign

Suspect Rahami 'undergoing surgery'

NY bomb suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami in custody

Authorities say Ahmad Khan Rahami, the main suspect in the blasts, is undergoing surgery after being shot in the leg.

Grace Park, a prosecutor in Union County in New Jersey, said Mr Rahami was injured in a shoot-out with police in Linden, NJ.

James Sarnicki, police captain in the town, said two officers were injured - one after being shot in his bulletproof vest, and another when he was grazed by a bullet shot by Mr Rahami into his car.

Police seek men who 'inadvertently' defused second NYC bomb

Robert Boyce, NYPD's chief of detectives, told a press conference that officers are keen to speak to two men spotted on cameras in New York on Saturday night.

The men were filmed picking up a bag on the street, and walking away with it, having removed an object from inside. The object turned out to be the second device, that did not explode. US media said the men were being seen as thieves, not suspects.

Mr Boyce said the men may have "inadvertently pulled a wire" and defused the explosive device, while being unaware they had done so.

He said images of the men may be distributed in the coming days.

Arrested suspect 'linked to New Jersey and New York bombs'

At the same news conference, William Sweeney of the FBI (left in pic) said there is evidence that links Ahmad Khan Rahami to the bombs in New York and in New Jersey. 

But he was not on the FBI's radar and there was "no information yet" about whether Mr Rahami had been radicalised.

He also said there was no evidence that a terror cell was active.

'This was an act of terror'

"We have every reason to believe this was an act of terror," says New York Mayor Bill de Blasio at a news conference.

Clinton hits out at 'demagogue' Trump

Hillary Clinton cast herself on Monday as the most qualified to combat terrorism in the US after a weekend of violent attacks in three states. 

Going after Republican rival Donald Trump, she argued that his anti-Muslim rhetoric is helping Islamic militants to recruit new fighters.

The Democratic presidential candidate touted her national security credentials at a hastily arranged news conference outside her campaign plane, accusing Republican Trump for using the incidents to make "some kind of demagogic point".

Clinton at a campaign event at Temple University in Philadelphia
Reuters
Clinton earlier spoke at a campaign event at Temple University in Philadelphia

Two policemen injured

The mayor of Linden, New Jersey, has confirmed two police officers were injured in the shoot-out when the suspect was arrested.

One was shot in his bulletproof vest and another officer who was sat in a car was hit by a bullet fragment.

"Thank God that he [the first officer] had his vest on," said Linden Mayor Derek Armstead. 

"And I think that was very helpful for him. I think that saved his life."

Search focusing on fried chicken shop

Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other law enforcement officials enter a fried chicken store that is underneath the residence being investigated in connection to Saturday night"s bombing in Manhattan
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While the arrest was carried out in the New Jersey town of Linden, there is also a heavy police presence in the neighbouring area of Elizabeth, specifically at a fried chicken shop.

Suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami's family lived above the shop. According to Elizabeth mayor Christian Bollwage, the premises is owned by the suspect's father and some of his brothers have worked there. 

Mr Bollwage said Mr Rahami's father and two brothers sued the city after it passed an ordinance requiring the restaurant to close early because of complaints from neighbours about it being a late-night nuisance.

CNN: Suspect spotted as he was asleep

CNN are reporting that the suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, was spotted by a police officer while asleep in the vestibule of a bar in Linden, New Jersey. The officer recognised him from the alerts issued on Monday morning, leading to a shoot-out.

What was significance of 'restrained' Trump reaction?

Anthony Zurcher

BBC North America reporter

Shortly after word spread of the explosion in New York City, Donald Trump told a rally in Colorado that a bomb had gone off. "It's a terrible thing what's going on in our world, what's going on in our country, but we are going to get tough and smart and vigilant, and we are going to end it," he said.

Then an interesting thing happened.

For the next 24 hours, the Republican nominee – who is quick to share his opinion on pretty much everything – went quiet. Aside from a tweet offering condolences and best wishes to the “families and victims” of the bombing, Mr Trump was silent.

That was a marked contrast to Mr Trump’s reaction to the Orlando shooting in June and could reflect an acknowledgement on the part of the Republican’s campaign that discretion in the face of a national crisis is a wise strategy. After Orlando, Mr Trump sent out a tweet saying he appreciated the “congratulations” for “being right on radical Islamic terrorism”. He followed that up with a call for President Barack Obama to resign and a fiery speech blaming the shooting on US immigration policy.

There was some thought that a national security crisis might help Mr Trump in the general election, given that the Paris shootings in December boosted his Republican primary poll numbers. Surveys after Orlando, however, showed this was not the case. A Washington Post poll in late June gave Mrs Clinton a 50% to 39% edge in handling terrorism – an 8% improvement from May.

When asked which candidate reacted better to the shooting, 46% said Mrs Clinton, while only 28% opted for Mr Trump.

As the Post noted, it was one of the few times in the past 12 years where a Democrat scored better on “handling terrorism” than the Republican opponent.

Mr Trump has steadily chipped away at Mrs Clinton’s lead in the polls over the past few weeks after the Democrat surged ahead following the national conventions in late July.

The New York and New Jersey bombings represent a challenge for both candidates – and an opportunity to prove their mettle as commander-in-chief. If the Trump campaign has decided that a measured response is the best strategy, the real question will be whether the candidate can stick to it. On Sunday night, he was back on Twitter, launching a flurry of attacks against Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton.

On Monday morning he boasted during a telephone interview that he accurately described the explosions in New York City as a bombing before anyone else.“I should be a newscaster because I called it before the news,” Mr Trump said. “What I said was exactly correct.”

He also said his plan as president was to “knock the hell” out of the so-called Islamic State, stop being “gentle” and have law enforcement engage in profiling to prevent militant attacks.

Mr Trump has a rally scheduled this afternoon in Florida. Will the restrained Trump re-emerge - or was that a one-day phenomenon? 

AP: Two police officers shot during arrest

Law inforcement officers secure the area where they allegedly arrested terror suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami following a shootout in Linden, New Jersey, on September 19, 2016
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Associated Press is reporting that two police officers were shot during the operation to arrest Ahmad Khan Rahami in Linden, New Jersey - there's been no formal confirmation of any injuries so far.

Trump: 'We have to stop them coming'

The Minnesota attacker and New York bomb suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami were both naturalised US citizens - we'll take a look later about what's meant by that word 'naturalised'.

Ahmad Khan Rahami was born in Afghanistan before becoming a US citizen, while Dahir A Adan was of ethnic Somali origin, and was born in Kenya, before being granted US citizenship.

The fact both men were born outside the US has again brought the issue of immigration to the forefront of the election race.

In an interview with Fox News on Monday, Republican contender Donald Trump - who has made repeated calls for stronger vetting of immigrants to the US - said: "This is only going to get worse...you have to stop them coming into the country."

First image of suspect in custody

The news channel WABC in New York City has just broadcast images of the suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, in custody - he was shown conscious on a stretcher being led into an ambulance. 

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Recap of events from past few days

If you're just joining us, here is a rundown of what happened over the past few days:

  • New York officials name Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalised US citizen born in Afghanistan, as a suspect in New York and New Jersey blasts
  • US media report he has now been arrested in Linden, New Jersey after a shootout with police
  • an explosion in Manhattan late on Saturday injured 29 people
  • another device was found nearby
  • early on Monday, a backpack containing up to five devices exploded in Elizabeth, New Jersey, when a bomb disposal robot tried to deactivate it
  • a pipe bomb exploded on the route of a charity race in New Jersey on Saturday, forcing the event to be cancelled but causing no injuries

Obama: No obvious link to Minnesota attack

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Speaking in New York ahead of the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama has said there does not appear to be any link between the blasts in New York and New Jersey and the attack on nine people in a shopping mall in Minnesota on Saturday.

Nine people were hurt in the stabbing in St Cloud, after which the attacker - named by his father as Kenyan-born ethnic Somali Dahir A Adan - was shot dead.

BreakingUS media: Suspect behind NYC blast arrested

Various US media outlets are now reporting that Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspect behind Saturday's blast in Manhattan, has now been arrested. We'll bring you more as we get it.

These various images and video grab of Ahmad Khan Rahami released on September 19, 2016 by the New Jersey State Police, show the man wanted for questioning by the FBI
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No easy answers and more work to do - de Blasio

Bill de Blasio
BBC

The news conference is now over. There were no major revelations but New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he wanted to reassure the public, ask them to be vigilant and update them on progress in the investigation.

He said it was important to be clear about what the authorities knew and what they did not yet know.

"We're going to be very careful and patient to get to the full truth here. We are not going to jump to conclusions. We are not going to offer you easy answers. We're going to make sure we have all the facts. We know there was a bombing. That much we do know. We know it's a very serious incident. 

"But we have a lot more work to do to be able to say what kind of motivation was behind this. Was it a political motivation? A personal motivation? What was it? We do not know that yet. That work must go on."

We will find out who did this - police

Police Commissioner O'Neill said: "We're satisfied we are where we need to be. I know we're going to find out who did this and they're going to be brought to justice."

Mayor de Blasio repeats that the bombing was intentional but the motivation of the bomber, as well as their identity and any possible links to an organisation, remains unknown. 

"We will keep the public informed every step of the way, as we get real evidence," he said.

Heavy weapons team at transport hubs - NYPD

Giving further details of security procedures, New York police officer Carlos Gomez said: "Commuters will be greeted by more officers. We'll be doing enhanced bag checks. There will be more canines.

"Heavy weapons teams will also be assigned to our transport hubs."

Video footage of crimes scenes being examined - NY police

New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill said police had recovered video footage of both crime scenes. He said "numerous" phone calls from the public were being vetted by detectives.

Mr O'Neill said: "Residents can rest assured we're going to get to the bottom of this.

"We're going to do our best to protect them. Right now we don't have enough information to make a conclusion."

Be vigilant, de Blasio tells New Yorkers

Mr de Blasio said investigation work was continuing into who had planted the bomb and why. He said there would be regular updates.

He said his message to New Yorkers was: "Be vigilant. The police need your help."

He said there would be a "bigger than ever" police presence in New York this week, going into the General Assembly meetings at the United Nations.

People getting back to business as usual - de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio is speaking at a news conference. He said police, fire and emergency services had launched an "extraordinary response" and people "are getting back to business as usual". 

"The attitude that people took was one of gratitude towards our first-responders."

Watch: Governor Cuomo's news conference

Governor Cuomo: "I want New Yorkers to be confident... that New York is up and running"

Casualties have been discharged from hospital - Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also said all those taken to hospital after the blast had now been released.

Most had suffered only minor injuries, having been hit by flying glass or debris. Police had listed one of the injuries as serious.

Cuomo speaks of 'nightmare scenarios'

Andrew Cuomo also says getting informed of such an incident was "one of the nightmare scenarios" that he has to face as governor of New York.

"We were fortunate that there were no fatalities," he adds, but says there was a significant amount of damage to property.

There were 29 people injured in the blast.

'No connection' to so-called Islamic State

Governor Andrew Cuomo tells the media that "we've found no ISIS connection" to the explosion in New York, referring to the so-called Islamic State.

There has not been any credit taken for the incident from international terror groups, he adds.

Andrew Cuomo speaking to journalists
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