"After two months, they say, 'Your son is not doing any act like a terrorist, '" Rahimi. said "I said, 'You sure he not doing anything?' He say, 'Yeah, is good news'".
A New Jersey man who planted two bombs in the Chelsea section of Manhattan in September 2016 has been sentenced to life in prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of NY announced on Tuesday.
Chilling surveillance videos played at Rahimi's trial showed pedestrians enjoying a temperate Saturday night before they recoiled in shock and ran for their lives when his pressure-cooker bomb blew up outside a home for the blind and disabled around 8 p.m. September 17, 2016.
Rahimi, a naturalized US citizen who was born in Afghanistan, was arrested after a gunfight with New Jersey police, who found he was carrying a journal with praise for Islamic terrorists and promises of violence.
Ahmad Rahimi, an Afghan-born US citizen convicted of planting bombs in NY and New Jersey.
The first bomb, which was in the area of 135 West 23rd Street, detonated and injured more than 30 individuals. A second bomb failed to detonate.
Other devices were left in a rubbish bin at a train station in New Jersey.
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"It's inexplicable that anyone would do that intentionally", Berman said.
While speaking in court Rahimi placed blame on the Federal Bureau of Investigation for not acting on his father's warning.
Rahimi was awaiting sentencing last month in the Metropolitan Correctional Center when prosecutors claimed to have found evidence that he was trying to radicalize a fellow inmate with al-Qaida propaganda smuggled into the prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Crowley argued that everything Rahimi has done since 2016 "has been fueled by hate", and "he has shown no remorse".
"Rahimi's conviction and sentencing are victories for New York City and our nation in the fight against terror".
Rahimi was also ordered to pay $562,803 in restitution to the victims of his crimes, the statement added.
He was convicted in October on all eight counts brought against him, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a public place.