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NY-NJ bomb suspect pleads not guilty of trying to kill police

Ahmad Khan Rahimi charged with attempted murder of five police officers and unlawful use of weapon

 

The man accused of setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York, injuring more than 30 people, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he tried to kill police officers before they captured him.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, an Afghan-born U.S. citizen, appeared in the courtroom in Elizabeth, N.J., through a video feed from his hospital bed in Newark. The judge ordered him held on $5.2 million dollars bail. The feds previously identified him as Ahmad Rahami.

He's been hospitalized with gunshot wounds since the police shootout that led to his capture on Sept. 19 outside a bar in Linden, N.J. He reportedly did not regain consciousness until last week.

Rahimi, 28, is charged with five counts of attempted murder of a police officer and weapons offenses.

He is accused of detonating a pipe bomb along the route of a Marine Corps charity race in the New Jersey shore town of Seaside Park and a pressure cooker bomb in New York City on Sept. 17. No one was injured in the New Jersey blast, and 31 people were hurt in the Manhattan blast. A second pressure cooker bomb did not explode.

Rahimi also faces federal charges in both states. Officer Angel Padilla, who prosecutors say was shot by Rahimi, was in court along with fellow Linden officers.

Rahimi's public defenders have a policy of not commenting on cases.

Fox News' Marta Dhanis and The Associated Press contributed to this report.