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‘We all have a role to play as citizens to make sure we don’t succumb to that fear.’

President Barack Obama praised law enforcement in New York and New Jersey on Monday morning following a bombing in Manhattan and the discovery of multiple explosive devices in the New York City area.

“They are trying to hurt innocent people but they are also trying to inspire fear in all of us and disrupt the way we live,” Obama said. “We all have a role to play as citizens to make sure we don’t succumb to that fear.” 

Police and federal agents reportedly took Ahmad Khan Rahami, the 28-year-old suspected to be behind this weekend’s Chelsea bombing, into custody on Monday morning.

Multiple news outlets report that Rahami was taken into custody after a shootout in Linden, New Jersey. At least one officer endured non-life threatening injuries.

Rahami is being connected with at least one pipe bomb explosion in New Jersey.

Twenty-nine people were injured by a homemade bomb in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood on Saturday night. Since then, police have discovered multiple improvised explosive devices in New York and New Jersey.

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