SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- Twenty-nine people were hurt by a blast in New York City Saturday. On that same day, a pipe bomb exploded before a charity race in New Jersey. Thankfully no one was injured.
Police identified 28-year-old Afghan immigrant Amhad Rahami as a suspect in both bombings, characterized as “terrorist acts.”
Police arrested Rahami after a shootout in New Jersey Monday. Police plan to question him once he’s healthy enough.
“As far as the security. You know I’m glad that they caught this individual that did this horrible act,” Chip Daniels said.
With the investigation going on in New York City the rest of the Northeast has been on alert with security at some public transportation systems being on higher alert. State Police said that despite Rahami having no known connection to Massachusetts, troopers increased patrol frequency to heavily traveled areas.
“Security has been raised in all these situations and it’s kind of sad to see that we have to raise security like that to try and protect people because people want to do messed up stuff like that,” Anthony Hicks, of Chicopee said.
Police have still not said how they were able to zero in on Rahami so quickly, but did say they had surveillance video and examined fragments of the bombs.