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New York City bomber Ahmed Rahimi sentenced to life in prison
World | incidents | 14:35, 14 February 2018 | 972

AKIPRESS.COM - A New Jersey man allegedly inspired by ISIS and al Qaeda to plant bombs in New York City and New Jersey was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday — after complaining that he was being discriminated against for being Muslim, NBC News reported.

"I don't harbor hate toward anyone," Ahmed Khan Rahimi said during a rambling statement in which he defended his family and criticized the FBI, prosecutors and prison officials.

But, he added, "I have come to understand why there is such a big frustration between Muslims overseas and the American people."

Rahimi, 30, claimed that he was harassed by federal authorities while traveling in Muslim garb. "I was singled out," he said.

He mocked prosecutors for referring to his diary as a letter, suggested he was punished for minor rule breaking in prison and even seemed to blame the FBI for not doing more to stop him when he was briefly investigated him in 2014.

Rahimi, 30, said nothing about the victims of the September 2016 blast in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood that injured 30 people — which prosecutors noted in asking for the maximum sentence.

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