(Ed Murray / NJ Advance Media)
Ahmad Khan Rahami is taken into custody after a shootout with police in Linden, N.J., on Monday.(Associated Press)
Law inforcement officers secure the area where they allegedly arrested bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami following a shootout in Linden, N.J, on September 19.(JEWEL SAMAD / AFP / Getty Images)
FBI and other law enforcement officials on Monday investigate a residence in Elizabeth, N.J., in connection to the Saturday bombings in New York and New Jersey.(Drew Angerer / Getty Images)
Authorities are seeking Ahmad Khan Rahami, a 28-year-old New Jersey resident and naturalized U.S. citizen, in connection with the bombings in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood and in Seaside Park, N.J.(New Jersey State Police)
A surveillance image shows Ahmad Khan Rahami, authorities say. Rahami is wanted for questioning in connection with multiple bomb incidents in New York and New Jersey.(New Jersey State Police )
A member of the NYPD stands guard in New York City’s Herald Square. Following Saturday night’s explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, Mayor Bill de Blasio has promised a “substantial” police presence throughout the week.(Drew Angerer / Getty Images)
People watch as officials gather evidence at an apartment building in Elizabeth, N.J. Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized citizen from Afghanistan who has lived in the building, is wanted for questioning in the weekend bomb attacks.(Mel Evans / Associated Press)
A member of the NYPD K-9 Unit patrols on a subway train between Grand Central Terminal and Times Square in Manhattan.(Drew Angerer / Getty Images)
FBI agents on Sunday work a crime scene scattered with debris after a bombing the night before on 23rd Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.(Stephanie Keith / Getty Images)
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, second from right, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, third from right, stand near a mangled dumpster at the site of an explosion that occurred Saturday night in Manhattan.(Pool Photo)
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tour the site of the explosion.(Justin Lane / AFP/Getty Images)
A fire truck is at the scene of the explosion on West 23rd Street in Chelsea on Saturday night.(Bryan R. Smith / AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the FBI search for evidence as police, firefighters and emergency workers gather at the scene of an explosion in Manhattan on on Saturday night.(Spencer Platt / Getty Images)
A New York City police emergency services officer and his dog check a garbage can near the scene of an explosion on 23rd Street between 6th and 7th avenues.(Jason Szenes / European Pressphoto Agency )
Investigators have not ruled out the possibility that others helped suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami in a bomb plot in New York and New Jersey, a U.S. counter-terrorism official said Thursday.
FBI agents and police are still trying to locate the two men seen on surveillance video Saturday night taking a pressure-cooker bomb out of a suitcase on West 27th Street in Manhattan, the official said. That bomb did not explode. The men were seen in the video between 8 and 9 p.m., the same hour the other bomb detonated in a dumpster on 23rd Street, a few blocks away.
The two men have not been declared persons of interest or suspects in the case, but investigators have not ruled out the possibility they played a role in the plot, the official said.
Pakistan’s foreign office on Thursday offered new details about Rahami’s background. Like thousands of Afghan nationals, his family lived in Quetta, Pakistan, as refugees before coming to the U.S. in 1995, Pakistan foreign office spokesman Nafees Zakriya said.
He also said that, contrary to U.S. media reports, Rahami’s wife, Asia Bibi Rahami, is not a citizen of Pakistan. “This information is incorrect,” Zakriya said. “According to the preliminary information gathered, she is also an Afghan national, born in Kabul in 1991.”
She is now back in the United States and cooperating with federal investigators, according to the official.
Pakistani intelligence services are looking into the travel history of Ahmad Khan Rahami and his wife, security sources in Islamabad said. In particular, they are trying to find out more about his stay in Quetta.
Rahami, 28, is believed to have traveled to Afghanistan through Pakistan at least three times for months-long visits from 2005 to 2014, a U.S. official who was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday.
Asia Bibi Rahami left the United States for Pakistan a number of weeks before the bombings and was stopped by officials Sunday or Monday in the United Arab Emirates on her way back from Pakistan, a second official said.
Her husband faces federal charges of using a weapon of mass destruction, bombing a public place, destruction of property by fire or explosive and using a destructive device in the commission of a crime of violence.
Staff writers Bennet and Wilber reported from Washington and special correspondent Sahi from Islamabad.
1:15 p.m.: This article was updated with additional details about the U.S. investigation into the bombings.
12:33 p.m.: This article was updated to say that Rahami’s wife is back in the U.S. and cooperating with investigators.
This article was originally published at 10:50 a.m.