ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) – A man accused of setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York has made his first court appearance on charges he tried to fatally shoot police officers trying to capture him.
Ahmad Khan Rahimi’s attorney pleaded not guilty on his behalf to charges of attempted murder of police. Rahimi appeared via video from his hospital bed in Newark.
The Afghan-born U.S. citizen has been hospitalized with gunshot wounds since a police shootout that led to his capture on Sept. 19 outside a bar in Linden.
Rahimi is accused of detonating a pipe bomb in a New Jersey shore town and a pressure cooker bomb in New York City on Sept. 17, injuring 31 people.
A video stream of Rahimi was shown in the courtroom in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Rahimi’s head was propped up on pillows. A public defender stood next to him wearing a disposable hospital gown and plastic gloves.