After a shootout with police, Chelsea bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami’s handwritten journal was seized by federal agents. Covered in blood and pierced by a bullet, it revealed some pretty interesting facts about the man suspected of a string of terrorist attacks in New York and New Jersey.
Here’s what we learned from Rahami's journal:
1. He was inspired by ISIS
Despite federal investigators’ failure to include Rahami’s ISIS references in their official complaint, the journal mentions ISIS leaders by name, most notably “Brother” Abu Mohammad al Adnani, the terror group’s chief propagandist.
2. He was also a follower of Al Qaeda
The journal heaps praise on Al Qaeda founder and 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, and “Fort Hood shooter” Nidal Hassan, known for going on a shooting spree in Texas in 2009.
3. He expressed anti-police sentiments
The notebook expresses anger that the police might stop his attempts of a successful suicide attack, ranting, “Gun shots to your police. Death To Your OPPRESSION.”
4. He sought to punish America for targeting Muslim “warriors”
Rahami condemns the U.S. for killing Muslim holy warriors and expresses plans for revenge, declaring “[God willing]] the sounds of the bombs will be heard in the streets.” The journal also makes a call to “attack the [disbelievers] in their backyard.”
5. He wanted to die a martyr
Rahami vowed to martyr himself rather than be arrested after carrying out the attacks, begging “ALLAH to not take JIHAD away…I beg for [martyrdom].”