Accused Chelsea bomber Ahmad Rahimi wanted to “maximize” death and destruction during the September 2016 blast that rocked the Manhattan neighborhood, prosecutors argued Thursday.
Rahimi is charged with eight counts in Manhattan Federal Court for his suspected involvement in the Sept. 17, 2016, bombing on W. 23rd St. that left 30 injured.
The feds also allege Rahimi, 29, placed a similar pressure cooker bomb on W. 27th St. that evening.
Cops found the device before it went off.
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“He wanted to maximize the death, the devastation and the destruction” caused by the bombing, said Emil Bove, assistant Manhattan U.S. Attorney.
Rahimi’s defense lawyers are expected to present closing arguments on Friday morning.
This is a developing story.