'Chelsea bomber' Ahmed Rahimi jailed for life over New York attacks

The terrorist who set off pressure cooker bombs in New York in 2016 has been sentenced to life behind bars.

Ahmad Rahimi injured 30 people when one of his bombs blasted shrapnel in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood.

A second bomb planted nearby did not detonate, while a small pipe bomb exploded in New Jersey but did not injure anyone.

Rahimi, dubbed the “Chelsea bomber”, was detained after a two-day manhunt ended in a shoot-out with police in Linden, New Jersey.

The Afghan-born US citizen, 30, has reportedly shown no remorse and has tried to radicalise others in prison to support the so-called Islamic State.

Prosecutors said Rahimi tried to radicalise other inmates in prison (REUTERS)

“He is proud of what he did, scornful of the American justice system, and as dedicated as ever to his terrorist ideology,” prosecutors wrote.

Given a chance to speak at his sentencing, Rahimi said: “I don’t harbour hate for anyone.”

Prosecutors said he gave inmates copies of terrorist propaganda and jihadist materials.

They included speeches and lectures by al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born cleric who inspired attacks on America and was killed in a US air strike in September 2011.

​Rahimi also allowed some inmates to view materials on his laptop or provided electronic copies as he spread The Book of Jihad, bomb-making instructions and various issues of a propaganda magazine.

A victim of the Manhattan blast confronted Rahimi in court after he was sentenced, telling him she is an immigrant too.

Pauline Nelson, who was driving when the blast rocked her car, scolded him for not apologising to victims. She looked him in the eye as she spoke and he stared back but said nothing.

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