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nonstop flights are available from most major airports. more information for your vacation planning is available at aruba.com. >> and now, "bbc world news america." katty: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am katty kay. the man suspected of planting bombs in new york survives a shootout with police and is now in custody. authorities do not believe he is part of a bigger cell. people in the west have to get used to attacks in their cities? i put that question to the new mayor of london, sadiq khan. therekhan: the reality is is a small number of men and women doing that around the world from istanbul to paris and brussels to new york and justify their acts in the name of islam. katty: rio is on a roll, but now
that olympic and paralympic games are over, brazilians want to know what the infrastructure means for them. katty: welcome to our viewers on public television here in america and also around the globe. tonight, the man suspected of planting bombs in new york and new jersey over the weekend is in police custody. after a shootout with authorities, 20-year-old ahmad khan rahami, and naturalized american citizen who was born in afghanistan, was captured. nick bryant has the latest on all the days developments . nick: this is the suspect who police leave carried out the new york bombing bloodied and bandaged following a shootout with police, but now in custody after a dramatic manhunt. his name is ahmad khan rahami, a
28-year-old naturalized citizen born in afghanistan. he had been cornered in a quiet suburban street in new jersey after a local resident spotted him sleeping in the doorway of a bar. a policeman had approached him and realized he was suspect. the gunfight erupted when rahami refuse to put his hands up and instead pulled out a handgun. >> for me, about 12 shots. i guess he got in by then. nick: shot by the police comes yes and undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound. 2 officers were also injured but not seriously hurt. the police have released photos of him earlier this morning after he was spotted on surveillance footage at the side of the new york bombing and also we are a second device was found just streets away. texts were sent to millions of new yorkers warning he was armed and dangerous. so obvious relief that he has been caught. >> based on the information we have now, we have every reason
to believe this was an act of terror. we will be going into some detail and there is still a long investigation ahead. nick: the morning started with 2 con squad robots investigating a suspicious package, which exploded before they could even deactivate it. it had been left near a railway station in the town of elizabeth, new jersey. took detectorsly by surprise. this is the town where rahami lived, and an investigation quickly turned into a manhunt. the fbi carried out searches at his family's business, a fried chicken restaurant where authorities say he worked. they had been investigating possible links with the state of attacks over the weekend. they began on saturday morning when a pipe bomb exploded ahead of charity run for marines in new jersey. no one was injured. that was followed on saturday evening by an excursion in chelsea, new york, which injured 29. a second device was found
nearby. both were shrapnel-filled pressure cooker's. the same evening, people were stabbed at a minnesota shopping center by a man of somali origin who was later shot dead by police. so-called islamic state has claimed responsibility. speaking in new york, city that only last week commemorated the attacks of 9/11, the president was to find. president obama: by showing those who want to do us harm that they will never beat us, by showing the entire world as americans we do not and never will give in to fear from that is going to be the most important ingredient in us defeating those who would carry out terrorist acts against us. nick: this evening, the threat to america became the central issue in the presidential thesegn mr. trump: attacks and many others were made possible because of our extremely open immigration system, which fails to properly
vet and screen the individuals or families coming into our country. ms. clinton: i know we will meet this new danger with the same courage and vigilance. we choose result, not fear. of newn the streets york, whatever it is our calling the biggest security presence the city has ever seen, with 1000 additional police officers and numbers of the national guard protecting key sites. this week, security was already with more thanht 130 heads of state and government attending the united nations general assembly. we have learned that rahami is not cooperating with the police, not answering their questions, unwilling even to say what his name is. friends say his personality change after a visit four years ago to afghanistan. but the police are clearly delighted at the speed at which they tracked him down. less than 50 hours after the new york bombings. the man who police believe is responsible is off the streets. nick bryant bbc news, new
jersey. katty: for more on all that has happened today i spoke short time ago with lorenzo vidino, director of the program onyx team is him at george washington university. -- on extremism at george washington university. is there anything that strikes you about the individual? >> well, there was really no common profile of individuals who have been attracted to jihadist ideology, assuming that is what it is behind his motives. we don't know for sure. the people who are attracted to this ideology in the united states run the gamut when it comes to profiles, when it comes to their social economic grounds, when it comes to their ethnicity, their age. he seems to be a relatively well integrated individual, coming from a family that was relatively well-established, had a business, had gone to college, although that needs to be confirmed. most cases are homegrown in the united states, people who have
at least grown up if not born here. katty: he was not on any counterterrorism list. is there anything authorities might have missed? for example, the fact that he went to afghanistan 4 years ago and when he came back started growing a beard and praying in his shop and changing his clothes. is that the signal you would look for? isit is difficult, profiling something very difficult, and particularly in the new york area, there has been a lot of controversy into whether you can profile and devote more attention and look more closely have aviduals who simply change in how they perceive their own religiosity, grow a beard, wear certain kinds of clothes. it is difficult for law enforcement to start an investigation on somebody sadly because of the external appearance, so on and so forth. that element would have been taken into consideration with other elements, had they been there, and that would have
triggered potentially an investigation. just being more religious is not going to trigger any kind of alarm. what: in your experience, is it that pushes some money from going to having been integrated -- pushes somebody i'm going to having been integrated in a new jersey suburb with his family not just to religiosity, but the big texas tech to violence --take extra step to violence? >> there is no one expedition. we cannot imagine one reason as to why people radicalize in the u.k. or any other country. it is accommodation of factors. radicalization is highly complex an individualized process. it can be perceived discrimination. there was the story of the loss of files for alleged discrimination. we have to know more about that. individuals who have a certain influence on people. it could be a relative, a friend, who radicalized or
influenced him. it could be anger, frustration, desire to do something bigger than working in the family's fry chicken shop. a combination of reasons and maybe we will know and maybe never know. katty: lorenzo vidino, thanks for coming in. >> my pleasure. katty: the new york attacks took place as world leaders gathered in the city for the generals and the meaning of the u.n. earlier today i caught up with london's mayor, sadiq khan, also in manhattan. he was elected this year is the first muslim mayor. i started by asking him about his thoughts when he heard about the weekend bombings. mayor khan: when there is a horrible incident, explosion, attack, the first thought is with the victims. and then you start thinking, god, i hope the person who did
this is not justifying their acts in the name of islam. for a number of reasons. we know the faith and also to the issues and problems. the reality is that in the recent past and current and foreseeable future and that is going to be a way of life. that is why it is so important that the line which we use, how we do politics, how the media behaves -- when you are inadvertently doing, there are many americans, many brits, people in the west, who have never broken bread with a muslim, never worked with a muslim. the only experience they have is what they see in the media. if the only knowledge you have is the portrayal of islam and justifying attacks, you believe all muslims are terrorists. of your factorel in politics does not exist in america. mayor khan: that's not really fair. muhammad ali -- katty: elected to office.
mayor khan: i think i have a responsibility. cany: interesting --you provide something of a role model even though you are not an american, coming to american muslim communities. mayor khan: to be fair, barack obama's election in 2008 inspired me, inspired my children. that is the joy of the u.k. in the usa, london and new york, we are so similar. katty: we are skirting around the issue of donald trump. do you still think his views on islam are ignorant? mayor khan: there are millions of muslims around the world who love america and want to study, invest, go on holiday. there are proud americans and proud muslims. the message you are sending inadvertently or intentionally, are western values and muslim are not compatible.
you are in a virtually playing into the hands of so-called isis or daesh because they are saying the same thing. it is possible to the western -- be a stern and a muslim -- be western and a muslim. with't want a bust-up donald trump, but you are standing to be the most powerful person in the world, the president of the usa. the rest of the world looks with admiration of the country, and running for office brings responsibility. i don't want to get involved in u.s. elections but i cannot but respond to an invitation where i'm the exception to a rule that i think is unfair. katty: maybe donald trump is just reflecting what people think. votersrepublican primary in some states supported the ban on muslims. that is what the american public is telling him what they want. mayor khan: one of the roles of a politician in an unpatronizing
way is to tell people what they think. there are sports people, engineers, many people of islamic faith. one of the teams i made yesterday, the 9/11 site, but also the protection team, our muslims. what are you saying about them? as someone who wants to hold elected office, there is a responsibility. katty: sadiq khan, thank you very much. mayor khan: pleasure. katty: turning to syria, where the united nations is voicing outrage at an attack on an aid convoy traveling to the war-torn province of aleppo. it comes hours after syria's military declared that the cease-fire brokered by the u.s. and russia is over. laura trevelyan spoke to america's ambassador to the u.n., samantha power, about the truce breaking down. laura: president obama is going
to host a refugee summit tomorrow. over 5 million refugees have been created by syria's civil war and the military says the cease-fire is over. what is your reaction to that? ambassador power: first, let me say that president obama is dedicated to working with world leaders during the general is only to mobilize for more resources than we have put in place to deal with the largest displays in crisis since world war ii. you will see a lot of him and it' that are -- commitments that are real not only in money but in humanitarian missions. laura: right, but without a cease-fire how does that help syria's refugees? their plight is worse than ever. ambassador power: correct, but there are a lot of people from other countries as well that we have a responsibility to help. you get political solutions to conflicts and the conflicts are lasting a lot longer than they used to. in syria we have been working 20 47 and have this agreement with the russians down to is taking
levels of detail and the regime is not abiding by the agreement. they have been starving the people, they have been wanting to barrel bomb and use corine and chemical weapons. this is who the regime is. russia has agreed to this package and we need russia, which has intervened in this more a year ago, and has made a significant difference on the battlefield in favor of the regime, to leverage the influence and bring them to their. -- bear. laura: and yet you and the russian envoy have exchanged un deval patrick words. if you -- undiplomatic words. on, whatcannot get hope is there for refugees? ambassador power: kerry and mr. lavrov had worked for many months to get the agreement in place. the words are there on paper and the question is on limitation that was my point on saturday night.
people,of diverting there is a whole different piece of business as to how we actually bring peace to syria and that will prevent mistakes and prevent intentional targeting of civilians and others, which is what the regime has been doing for years. laura: what would you say to syria's refugees watching what is happening with world powers? this policy -- diplomacy dozens and to be working. ibassador power: i say understand your skepticism and i would never want to make the choices you have made, trusting your family to smugglers are assad isil and the regime, but we are not giving up and you cannot give up. katty: still to come on this program, following an historic railway train to expose the issues which matter most in the election. we start in minnesota with the concerns of the somali community there.
india's prime minister, narendra modi, has met senior ministers in the capital, dehli, to discuss how to respond to a terror attack in kashmir. 18 soldiers were killed in the incident in the town very close to the line of patrol between india and pakistan-controlled kashmir. reports fromd delhi. justin: indian-administered kashmir has been in a state of uprising for more than two months now with almost daily violent showdowns between police and protesters demanding the end of indian rule. more than 80 people have died in the confrontation, including 2 policemen, and many hundreds more have been injured, despite the region having been locked down with a strict curfew. this is a homegrown revolt. the upheaval began when a
popular young militant was shot dead by police in early july tens of thousands of people defied curfew to attend his funeral. but yesterday's attack on an army base has transformed the debate. it is the most serious attack on indian security forces in the area for many years, with more than a dozen soldiers killed and many more injured by 4 heavily armed militants. indian authorities have openly blamed pakistan. pakistan is a terrorist state, tweeted the indian home minister come "and it should be identified and isolated as such." with language like that being bandied around, relations between india and pakistan, always tense, are likely to become even frostier, and the rhetoric between both sides will in thelming tensions region even more difficult.
katty: as we heard earlier in the program, in addition to the bombs in new york and new jersey this weekend, nine people were stabbed at a mall in minnesota, and incident also being investigated as a potential act of terrorism. the attack was carried out by a young somali. the bbc is in minnesota at the start of a train journey looking at the issues in this year's presidential election. we examine how american muslims feel ahead of the vote. reporter: tens of thousands of smalley muslims live in minnesota-- somali muslims live in minnesota. this weekend, one somali man here went on a stabbing spree, injuring several people before he himself was shot dead. the question has been raised in america, how do you stop such attacks perpetrated by muslims on what appear to be ideological
grounds? >> how do you stop anything? how do you stop rapists, how do you stop murderers? for national programs to target our community because they don't know how to stop something and they think, you know what, let's put this blanket over the whole community to stop a few, you are criminalizing all of us. reporter: this man is one of those who feels the surveillance, the media finger-pointing, and the political anti-muslim rhetoric is having a dramatic, adverse impact. >> with the approach they have towards the muslim community in america is to absolutely make you feel as un-american as possible, because you are promoting fear. it does the job of ice is because they say you are not american,-- isis, because they say you are not american, they don't want you here. reporter: small number have gone on to join jihadi groups like al-shabab. the same department that prosecuted them is also giving
out money to community groups to try to prevent radicalization. but some hearsay the money is not welcome-- here say the money is not welcome. >> of course i want the money, or some other resources, but it is being presented to us through the counterterrorism lens, then you are definitely telling me i am an issue. governmentccepting funds to help educate and mentor, this woman says the counterterrorism tag does bother her but the money is needed. >> the kids are going through a lot. they are in an ocean and don't know how to swim. they are looking for opportunity, they are looking to belong somewhere. reporter: they may argue over whether to take state funds, but most do agree that with all the angry rhetoric in the last few months, american muslims are under pressure in the u.s. like never before. >> the 23 years i've been to the u.s., never until this election.
reporter: and that, she also feels, is counterproductive and potentially alienating more young people. minneapolis. --bbc news, and yet was. katty: this weekend the paralympic games wrapped up in rio de janeiro. once the athletes have gone home, what is the legacy the games will leave behind? reporter: if the olympic and paralympic games were all about inspiration and encouragement, then in david they have found a champion. the 11-year-old from rio is in accomplished surfer, picking up another soon-to-be all the big -- olympic sport. by the time the next games, rocco yes no attention of being a spectator --he has no intention of being a spectator. >> sports for me is my life.
without sport, i would not be davi. i never thought i would be able to skateboard like this. reporter: davi lives in a country where 40% of disabled children don't go to school. there is a huge gap inequality of opportunity depending on race and social background. adolescents, this means something to them. this means responsibilities out there that may have assumed were not possible for them because of who they are and what color they are, they now know it is. reporter: putting on an expensive summer of sport was a big gamble for brazil. the first games to be held in south america in a city and country that arguably had more important priorities. anxious to avoid accusations of spending millions on white elephant stadiums that will never be used again, rio 2016 officials say many of the venues
will have a life once the games are over. the arena of the future, for example, will be broken up, tis -- its materials used in the construction of 4 new schools. public support was initially lukewarm. by the time the paralympics came around, ticket prices were cut, enthusiasm grew, and the games filled more inclusive. >> we showed we could deliver cheap games and improve a lot of lives. a lot of problems in brazil, a lot of problems in real but people's lives are much better because of the games. reporter: in the past few weeks, brazilians have found newol -- new olympic and paralympic heroes. the tough funding decisions to come could make or break the ambitions of a young boy, inspired by what he has witnessed in his own city, to become an olympian himself. katty: posting the olympic games
is always a mixed blessing, but you have got to vote for davi and his olympic future. you can find much more on all the bases including the new york attacks on our website. i am katty kay. thanks so much for watching. >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, newman's own foundation, giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good, kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs, and aruba tourism authority. >> planning a vacation escape that is relaxing, inviting, and exciting is a lot easier than you think. you can find it here, in aruba. families, couples, and friends can all find their escape on the island with warm, sunny days,
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