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a naturalized u.s. citizen who was born in afghanistan. >> now that we have this suspect in custody, the investigation can focus on other aspects. such as whether this individual acted alone and what his motivations may have been. >> reporter: police asked for the public's help in finding him. sending this first of its kind emergency alert, warning people to be on the lookout after pulling over five members of his family, along the ver zano bridge last night and taking them in for spoke exclusively to nbc news tonight. >> did you know that your son was doing this? >> no. >> you had no idea? >> no. i'm not sure what happened exactly. >> reporter: rahami lived with his father just a few miles from the shoot-out. here in elizabeth, new jersey, above his family's restaurant. today the fbi scoured his home, inspecting the roof and towing away a car. sources say he was captured on video walking away from this
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saturday. then later, this device, a rigged pressure cooker that never detonated found just four blocks away. >> better safe than sorry. so i went upstairs and called 911 and they responded immediately. >> reporter: earlier that day, in seaside, new jersey, investigators believe rahami planted an. >> ed along the route of a charity race, the bomb exploding before the event got under way. >> okay, we need to shut down this run. >> reporter: then this home. two homeless men alerted police after stumbling upon a backpack in a trash can filled with five explosive devices. this blast accidentally triggered by the bomb squad. it was near a busy rail line and pub, all evacuated. an act of terror, say police, but for now, this is their only suspect.
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scouring the crime scene here, they say it's incredible how quickly this case has begun to wrap up, in about 48 hours. they credit the public for leading them to not only the suspect, but to the explosive devices that could have killed so many people. lester? >> let's talk more about the suspect, ahmad rahami. authorities revealing new details about his past, including multiple trips to afghanistan and evidence he may have been radicali to search for a motive. we have more from nbc's richard engel. >> reporter: born in afghanistan, ahmad khan rahami lived in elizabeth city, outside of new york. he graduated from edison high school. classmates say he didn't make much of an impression there. went on to middlesex county college, studied criminal justice, but dropped out. the rahamis own a
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>> when you say he looked mad, he just had an angry expression, or he was quick to get into fights or arguments? >> no, he just kind of had that face that he always looked mad. >> reporter: the restaurant was not popular with some neighbors who complained it was too loud, open too late. the police were often called in. the family filed a federal lawsuit five years ago, alleging they were being harassed. muslims make too much trouble in this country, they claimed a neighbor said. >> they claimed in that lawsuit because they were muslims. >> this lawsuit had nothing to do with ethnicity or anything to do with religious beliefs. >> reporter: but was it a dispute over the family business that enraged ahmad or something else? u.s. intelligence officials tell nbc news, ahmad, his father and brother, traveled to pakistan and afghanistan multiple times over the last decade. a senior u.s. intelligence official said ahmad and other members of his family
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radicalize said and that social media accounts under pseudonyms praised the american born extremist cleric, anwar al-awlaki killed by drone strikes in yemen in 2011. but before today, ahmad was mostly unknown. and not on a watch list. authorities are now investigating what other members of the family may have known and did they radicalize each other? lester? >> thank you, richard. moved remarkably fast due to some lucky breaks, help from the public, and some very fast detective work. nbc news justice correspondent pete williams is tracking the terror trail. >> reporter: the first break comes saturday morning in seaside park, new jersey, where a 5k charity race is late starting. a device consisting of five pipe bombs fizzles. it's rushed to the crime lab near
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that night after a bomb goes off in new york city. police find an unexploded pressure cooker bomb on the street. it too is sent to the fbi lab. investigators say analysts find a fingerprint on it. a search of databases gets a hit to ahmad rahami. next break, officials say both the unexploded devices are wired to cellular flip phones acting as timers and the phones yield more clues pointing to rahami, and both phones were bought in the same new jersey discount store last year. meantime, investigators in new york find surveilla who appears to be rahami at both spots where bombs were planted in new york. all of that leading the fbi to make this announcement. >> we have directly linked rahami to devices from new york and from saturday in new jersey. >> reporter: for now, rahami is held on local gun charges stemming from this morning's shoot-out, while federal prosecutors build their case. >> we're going to take a lot of care and time to make sure if we bring charges federally in the manhattan district court that we do it in a way with that's
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>> tonight rahami is being held on state charges of attempted murder of police officers. his bond has been set at $5 million. lester? >> all right, pete wimds, thank you. now to another major terror investigation under way tonight in st. cloud, minnesota. isis has claimed responsibility for a stabbing rampage that left nine people injured inside a shopping mall. our blake mccoy is there with new details. >> reporter: tonht falconer, an off-duty police officer being hailed a hero for shooting and killing a knife-wielding attacker inside a minnesota mall. >> i believe there was divine intervention. i think he was the person that needed to be there, to prevent it from being worse than it was. >> reporter: the ten people injured in saturday's attack have all been released from the hospital as focus intensifies on the lone attacker identified by family and friend as 22-year-old dahir adan, a somali american immigrant,
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part time private security officer. said to have referenced ala has he began stabbing people. >> he stood about ten feet in front of me, brandishing his knife. i begged him, please don't kill me. 0 isaiah was stabbed in the back and said his pregnant girlfriend barely got away. >> i ran after him, screaming don't touch her, she's pregnant. from me screaming, he looked at me, and >> reporter: today police are pushing back against a claim in isil media that he was acting as a soldier for the islamic state. >> do you have any evidence at this point that the suspect was tied to isil? >> as i talk to you today, sir, i have not -- we have not uncovered anything to make a nexus to the claim that isis made. >> reporter: tonight the mall is back open, a motive still unclear. blake mccoy, nbc news, st. cloud, minnesota.
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in new york, new jersey, and minnesota are reverb berating through the presidential campaign. and donald trump and hillary clinton taking aim at each other in what amounts to a seft of how they'd approach a crisis on their watch. andrea mitchell has more on the bitter political battle. >> reporter: tonight the contrast could not be more dramatic. >> today, we have caught this evil thug who planted the bombs. >> reporter: donald trump blaming this weekend's attacks on obama and clinton immigration policy and start profiles. >> hillary clinton talks tougher about my supporters than she does about islamic terrorists. >> reporter: while hillary clinton going after trump claiming his rhetoric about muslims is helping isis recruit terrorists. >> we're going after the bad guys and we're going to get them. but we're not going after an entire religion. >> reporter: trump
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off the plane, a bomb went off. >> reporter: today bragging, he called the new york explosion a bomb even before police did. what i said was exactly correct. >> reporter: and clinton losing ground with young voters, today using trump to try to make her case. >> we need everyone off the sidelines. not voting is not an option. that just plays into trump's hands. >> tonight both candidates in new foreign leaders, trying to look presidential, one week ahead of the first debate. lester? >> andrea, thank you. turning to heartbreak in syria where an aid convoy has been bombed after a week-long ceasefire came to an end before desperately needed supplies could arrive for thousands of civilians caught in the crossfire. tonight our bill neely is inside aleppo. >> reporter: at sunset, syria declared
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aleppo. rebel areas, pounded. the dead and injured filling hospitals tonight. but this was a ceasefire in name only. front line enemies exchanging fire, in a city torn apart by a war that's not ending. this commander tells me the rebels broke the ceasefire. rebels blame the regime. in the middle, families. fleeing the fighting and the lack of food promised in the u.s.-russia ceasefire deal never came. this is the front-line road the aid convoy should have taken to get into the besieged area of east aleppo. but that hasn't happened, and many rebels say, it never will. so they are left under siege with so little. >> we have no food, no water, he says. nothing. the road to peace here now seems an empty one. tonight in aleppo,
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the u.n. says an aid convoy has been bombed. the syrian red crescent confirming its vehicles were hit. casualties, and who did that, unknown. lester? >> thank you, bill neely in syria. still ahead, homemade bombs and the huge threat they pose right here in america. why these explosives that are shockingly easy to make are so hard for law enforcement to track. also, she's a human rights warrior
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for years, we've heard about ieds, or improvised explosive devices used against american troops overseas. but as we saw over the weekend in new york and neashlg, they pose a threat here at home too. literally homemade, using off-the-shelf and seemingly innocent household items, they present a huge challenge to law enforcement. nbc's tom costello has street cops in new york to tsa teams in train stations and airports, law enforcement on the lookout for the types of homemade bombs used in new york and new jersey. explosives experts say the pressure cooker bomb found on the street in new york, and the pipe bombs in new jersey, appear taken right out of al qaeda's online instruction manual. >> this is specifically and exactly what al qaeda has instructed people to do. >> reporter: and very
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2013, killing three and injuring 264. the surviving boston bomber admitted he and his brother learned how to build the bombs by reading al qaeda's instructions. just last spring, the fbi demonstrated how easily homemade ingredients can be turned into an explosive. asking hardware and gun shops to report anyone buying large quantities. >> they may be innocuous purchased one at a time. but when you see folks taking an arm full of them in their cart, good. >> reporter: but the suspect may be a loner to doesn't attract attention. >> he's a home-grown type individual who is in his basement playing with the computer, who might be radicalized. >> reporter: as for the homemade bomb ingredients -- >> it's almost impossible to totally regulate that they could cook up as bathtub gin some mixture to put in a bomb. >> reporter: pressure cookers, bolts, screws, powder, it's all legal and common,
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>> we're back in a moment with the uproar
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there's growing outrage tonight after police released dramatic video of a white officer fatally shooting an african american man in tulsa, oklahoma. today the police chief confirming that man was unarmed and is now promising a full investigation. nbc's gabe gutierrez has details. >> reporter: the shooting friday evening seen from multiple angles. tulsa police officers responding to an unrelated call when they spot terence crutcher's stalled suv. police say he approaches when they arrive, but refuses to follow their commands. >> i've got a subject who won't show me his hands. >> reporter: aerial video shows crutcher has his hands up as he walks back to his vehicle. one officer deploys his taser, another fires his weapon,
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did not have a weapon. we saw that terence did not make any sudden movement. >> the 40-year-old crutcher was a father of four. his twin sister is devastated. >> his life matters. his life mattered. >> reporter: tonight the officer who fired her weapon, betty shelfy is on paid straightive lead. the department of justice has also opened a separate civil rights investigation. on a lighter race that pitted brother very brother ended with brother helping brother. during a triathlon in mexico, jonny brownlee was in the lead and succumbed to dehydration. his older brother alistair giving up his shot to win, propped jonny up and helped him run the rest of the way, with a second place finish.
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finally tonight, two courageous women taking on isis in a very different kind of battlefield. the courtroom. one of them is a survivor of isis brutality.
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famous last name. amal clooney. cynthia mcfadden has their story of bravery. >> reporter: you may not be able to measure courage, but you know what you are in its presence. nadia murad has courage. she survived being captured by isis, having her six brothers murdered, and her mother. and the terror of being gang-raped. >> she's incredibly eloquent, and incredibly strong. >> reporter: amal clooney was so inspired by her, she >> reporter: you brought her home, i understand? >> yes, we sat on the floor for a couple of hours and just spoke about it. >> reporter: if from then on, you knew you were going to do this? >> yeah. >> reporter: no matter the price? clooney has courage too, because together they are taking on isis. traveling the world, taking the testimony of survivors, making their case against isis with world leaders. >> i believe in international justice. i believe it's important that you
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nazis were held to account at nurem bourg. >> reporter: they want isis commanders on trial for genocide, crimes isis brags about committing against the yazidis. a religious minority from northern iraq. 5,000 of them have been slaughtered. and 3,200 are still enslaved. >> i can't imagine anything worse being done by one human to another. >> reporter: we know that even in the last few days, you've received new >> translator: yes, i put my own life at risk, but i don't have a life without giving hope to other victims. >> reporter: you put your life at risk as well. >> i don't think anyone can feel that they're being courageous compared to what nadia is doing. it's no joke. this is isis, and they've sent her really specific threats saying, we will get you back. we'll do everything to you. >> reporter: and yet so far the world community has failed to act. nadia pushed u.n. delegates this
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rape doesn't move you to act, when will you? and what about you? how did you make this decision? >> she made me make the decision, because i met her and i just thought, i can't walk away from this. >> reporter: the courage of an iraqi farm girl, and the woman who has pledged to fight, by her side. cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, new york. and that will do it for us on a monday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and
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