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Ahmad Khan Rahami is taken into custody after a shootout with police Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Linden, N.J. Rahami was wanted for questioning in the bombings that rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of New York and the New Jersey shore town of Seaside Park.
Ahmad Khan Rahami is taken into custody after a shootout with police Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Linden, N.J. Rahami was wanted for questioning in the bombings that rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of New York and the New Jersey shore town of Seaside Park. Ed Murray - NJ Advance Media via AP

UPDATE 9.12AM: Bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami has been shot and arrested during a shootout with police.

Two police officers were also wounded in the shootout which took place in Linden, New Jersey. 

Ahmad Khan Rahami is taken into custody after a shootout with police Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Linden, N.J. Rahami was wanted for questioning in the bombings that rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of New York and the New Jersey shore town of Seaside Park.
Ahmad Khan Rahami is taken into custody after a shootout with police Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Linden, N.J. Rahami was wanted for questioning in the bombings that rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of New York and the New Jersey shore town of Seaside Park. Nicolaus Czarnecki - Boston Herald via AP

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has welcomed the arrest.

CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said: "American Muslims, like all Americans reject extremism and violence, and seek a safe and secure nation.

"Our nation is most secure when we remain united and reject the fear-mongering and guilt by association often utilised following such attacks.

"We stand together with our fellow Americans in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota as we deal with the troubling phenomenon of domestic terrorism."

6.22PM (AEST): More details are emerging from the traffic stop in Brooklyn, where five suspects were taken into custody for questioning.  

While no one has yet been charged, police sources are telling US media that the men had a number of weapons in the vehicle with them, and that they had driven over from Staten Island and, according to the New York Daily News, may have been heading to the airport.  

Police sources told Patch's New York edition that the airport line was being investigated. They said the men were believed to be connected to the Manhattan pressure cooker bombs, but did not elaborate on how.  

The men were travelling in an SUV and stopped by a heavy police presence near the Verrazano Bridge late on Sunday night.  

They are still understood to be undergoing questioning at an FBI facility. 

Pedestrians flee after bomb explodes.
Pedestrians flee after bomb explodes.

EARLIER: A suspicious device found in a backpack at a train station in New Jersey exploded as a bomb squad was attempting to disarm it with a robot. 

Local mayor Christian Bollwage said the FBI robot accidentally cut the wrong wire while working to disarm one of five devices found in the same bag, which was discovered in a trash can by two men around 8:30pm on Sunday, near the Elizabeth train station on the Northeast Corridor rail line.

The men had reported seeing wires and a pipe coming out of the package, Mr Bollwage said. 

"The robots that were going it to disarm it cut a wire and it exploded", the mayor told CNN. "I don't know the technological aspect of that. I know there are other devices.

"I don't know what they are made up of but they are going to have to be removed and all the fragments from the other pieces are going to have to be picked up so the FBI can investigate this fully."

There was no immediate report of injuries or damage.

Mr Bollwage warned that other explosions were expected.

NJ Transit service was suspended early Monday between Newark Liberty Airport and Elizabeth, and New Jersey-bound Amtrak trains were being held at New York Penn Station, officials said, while New York-bound Amtrak trains were being held in Trenton.

The discovery of the suspicious package comes after an explosion in Manhattan on Saturday evening injured 29 people.An unexploded pressure-cooker was found four blocks away.

Investigators described the bombs as pressure cookers filled with shrapnel - the same method used in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said the second device appeared "similar in design" to the first, though officials haven't revealed any further details.

But separate US media reports, citing officials off the record, say both devices had flip phones and Christmas lights as makeshift detonators.

Also Saturday, a pipe bomb exploded about an hour from the Elizabeth train station in Seaside Park, New Jersey, forcing the cancellation of a military charity 5K run.

Officials said it didn't appear that those two incidents were connected, though they weren't ruling anything out.



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