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FBI releases wanted poster for Ahmad Rahami, suspect in Chelsea bombing



CHELSEA, Manhattan (WABC) --

THe FBI has released a wanted poster for a 28-year-old suspect in Saturday night's Chelsea bombing. The man, identified as Ahmad Rahami, is either a current or former resident of Elizabeth.

Source tells ABC News that authorities were able to identify him with help from the cell phone left behind with pressure cooker on 27th Street. FBI and other law enforcement descended on an Elmora Avenue home early Monday morning where he either currently or used to live. "The latest is the FBI with the NJSP is conducting a search warrant at a Fried chicken place over on the corner of Lindon Ave. and Elmore Ave., I expect them to be there for a couple of more hours conducting this search warrant. This search warrant obviously has led to the police from the previous investigation in Chelsea. I don't know all of the particulars at this time," Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage told Good Morning America. A source says authorities were able to identify Rahami with help from a cell phone left behind with an unexploded pressure cooker found on West 27th Street, blocks away from the explosion. The five people detained up by the FBI on Sunday night on the Belt Parkway may be relatives of the suspect. The suspect was not apprehended in the traffic stop. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Rahami could be armed and dangerous. "We need to get this guy in right away," de Blasio said on CNN. "My experience is once the FBI zeroes in on someone, they will get them." Saturday's blast on 23rd Street in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood injured 29 people. An unexploded pressure cooker device was found a few blocks away. On Sunday, a federal law enforcement official said the Chelsea bomb contained a residue of Tannerite, an explosive often used for target practice that can be picked up in many sporting goods stores. The discovery of Tannerite may be important as authorities probe whether the two New York City devices and a pipe bomb at the Jersey shore are connected. Cellphones were discovered at the site of both bombings. The pipe bomb exploded Saturday in Seaside Park, New Jersey, before a charity 5K race to benefit Marines and sailors. The race was canceled and no one was injured.

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