New York City bomber Ahmed Rahimi sentenced to life in prison

Inset Bomber Ahmad Khan. After the shootout police officers recovered a journal containing Islamist rhetoric and praise for known terrorist groups and ideologies

Rahimi said repeatedly during a 12-minute standing address to the court that he didn't harbor any hatred, but that his growing adherence to Islam caused him to face more harassment from Federal Bureau of Investigation agents at airports after returning to the USA from travel to the Dominican Republic, Manchester and Pakistan.

Chelsea bomber Ahmad Rahimi was sentenced Tuesday to multiple life terms for setting off a shrapnel-packed explosive as part of a wave of planned attacks in NY and New Jersey. The bomb left along the Seaside Park boardwalk was a pipe bomb stuffed in a trash can; the NY bombs were "pressure cooker" style devices.

Rahimi, a naturalised United States citizen who was born in Afghanistan and lived in New Jersey, was shot several times but survived.

The first bomb, which was in the area of 135 West 23rd Street, detonated and injured more than 30 individuals.

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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.

A second similar bomb, which was found a few blocks away on 27th Street, failed to detonate. Like the bombs found the next day at a train station in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, however, this device was discovered before detonation.

"One thing a life sentence does is to make sure you don't do it again", Berman said.

"But through life experience, I have learned to understand why there's such frustration between the Muslim community overseas and the American people", he added.

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Rahimi passed on terrorist propaganda and instructions on how to make explosives to other inmates.

Berman approved restitution to victims at the sum of $562,803 as proposed by the government.

"The Chelsea bombing was an attempt to bring our city to its knees".

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill noted in a statement that Rahimi's sentencing should deter future acts of terror.

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Rahimi, an Afghan-born man living in New Jersey, was convicted of eight charges in October including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a public place, one of which carried a maximum life sentence.

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