Police release five arrested in Brooklyn in connection to Chelsea bombing

Explosion aftermath: Law enforcement officials apprehended five suspects in Brooklyn after an explosion on W. 23rd Street in Manhattan on Saturday.
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Federal agents have released the five New Jersey residents they arrested in Brooklyn on Sept. 18 after determining they did not have a hand in Saturday’s bombing in Chelsea.

Officials pulled the five over on the Belt Parkway in Bay Ridge on Sunday night after they came over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from Staten Island. Cops could not provide a time, but the arrest came around 9:30 pm, according to a local pol’s social media post.

“Update from the NYPD: About an hour ago, the FBI took several individuals into custody on the Belt Parkway in the area underneath the Verrazano Bridge, with a possible connection to the bombing last night in Chelsea,” wrote state Sen. Martin Golden (R–Bay Ridge) on Instagram at 10:30 pm on Sunday.

Police collared the individuals as authorities shut down an Elizabeth, New Jersey, train station after finding multiple pipe bombs in a garbage can. The explosives put the Feds on the trail of the five, though an FBI spokesman would not say exactly how.

Law enforcement pursued them into Brooklyn believing they may be connected to 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami — the primary suspect in a bombing that rocked Chelsea and injured 29 Saturday night. The five — three men and two women — were relatives of Rahami, according to the New York Post.

Officials now believe Rahami acted alone, according to media reports. Police arrested Rahami after a shootout in New Jersey on Monday.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2517. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: The five were released, and officials do not believe they are connected to the Chelsea bombing.
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Reasonable discourse

Anne from Brooklyn Heights says:
mint, coriander, saffron, cilantro, cardamom, pepper, orange, pistachios, almonds, raisins

lapis lazuli
Sept. 19, 2016, 3:01 pm
Ms. Me from Bay Ridge says:
The earlier reports were that they had numerous weapons in the vehicle. More details needed here.
Sept. 19, 2016, 7:33 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Early reports are often inaccurate.

The notion that this guy acted alone is ridiculous. At minimum his family, with whom he lived, must have noticed his prep activities. And he probably got instructions on how to build the devices on Muslim jihad websites.
Sept. 20, 2016, 7:07 am
Ms. Me from Bay Ridge says:
Another fake comment just above. Seriously, can't this paper invest in a registration system?
Sept. 20, 2016, 10:46 am
Ms. Me from Bay Ridge says:
I did not write the above comment;

Another fake comment just above. Seriously, can't this paper invest in a registration system?

I stand by my hatred.
Sept. 20, 2016, 11:12 am
Ms. Me from Bay Ridge says:
Sept. 20, 2016, 11:41 am
Ms. Me from Bay Ridge says:
I just want some of Tal's asswine.
Sept. 21, 2016, 4:02 pm
LABJ from Bay Ridge says:
So the first question asked should have been where are you coming from and where are you going? Did anyone get the answers? Very hard to believe that this vehicle was followed from NJ over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge without any for no reason but questioning. HELLO!!!
Sept. 21, 2016, 9:27 pm

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