The Latest: Bomb suspect's wife back in US

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Posted: Sep 22, 2016 4:26 PM

LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on explosive devices in New York and New Jersey (all times local):

4:25 p.m.

A law enforcement official says the wife of New York-area bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami has returned to the United States.

The official was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The wife made a statement to authorities this week after walking into the U.S. Embassy in the United Arab Emirates. Her precise whereabouts Thursday were not immediately clear.

She's believed to have left the U.S. for overseas in June.

Investigators have not suggested that she's suspected of any wrongdoing.

— Associated Press writer Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this report.

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3:55 p.m.

The father of the man charged with planting bombs in New York and New Jersey says he told the FBI two years ago that his son watched jihadist videos.

The New York Times published an interview Wednesday with Mohammad Rahami. His son Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Afghan-born U.S. citizen, is charged with bomb blasts that injured 31 people last weekend.

Mohammad Rahami says he told the FBI his son looked at al-Qaida and Taliban videos and poetry. He says he advised agents to "keep an eye on him."

The FBI says it looked into Rahami after he was accused of stabbing his brother in 2014. The bureau said it found nothing then tying Rahami to terrorism.

A law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity told The Associated Press that, at the time, Rahami's father backed off talk of terrorism.

— Associated Press writers Eric Tucker in Washington and Josh Cornfield in Trenton, New Jersey, contributed to this report.

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3:45 p.m.

A law enforcement official says investigators have not yet been able to question the man charged with planting bombs in New York and New Jersey because of the severity of his injuries.

Ahmad Khan Rahami was wounded during a shootout with police in New Jersey on Monday morning. He has been hospitalized since.

Federal prosecutors in New York and New Jersey have charged him in a series of explosions, including one in Manhattan that injured more than 30 people.

It's not clear when he might be brought to court, though the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan said Wednesday that he expected Rahami would appear soon.

The official who discussed Rahami's condition was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

—Associated Press writer Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this report.

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10 a.m.

A New Jersey police officer injured in a shootout with the man suspected of setting off bombs in the New York City area is at a school to thank students for their well wishes.

Linden Patrolman Angel Padilla is visiting Linden School No. 5 on Thursday. Padilla is a member of the school's PTA and involved in events there and in the community.

Students at the school wrote get well cards for Padilla and officer Pete Hammer, who were both hurt in Monday's shootout with Ahmad Khan Rahami.

Padilla was shot in the torso, but his bulletproof vest saved him from a more serious injury. Hammer was grazed in the head by a bullet or shrapnel.

Both officers were treated and released from a hospital.

Rahami remains hospitalized.