Incident Summary:

09/18/2016: Security forces discovered and attempted to defuse five explosive devices near a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States. One device detonated but failed to cause any casualties. Ahmad Khan Rahami claimed responsibility for this incident and three similar bombings that occurred between September 17 and September 18, 2016 in New York and New Jersey. Sources suspected that Rahami may have been inspired by Abu Muhammad al Adnani, a spokesperson for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Sources also noted that Rahami admired Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki in his journal.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New Jersey


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity New Jersey Transit Corporation
Specific Description Elizabeth Train Station
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Remote Trigger
Weapon Details
Five pipe bombs utilizing a flip phone as a triggering mechanism and planted inside a backpack were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Pipe Bombs Found Near Train Station in Elizabeth, N.J.," New York Times, September 19, 2016."
"Ahmad Khan Rahami: Blood-soaked journal shows New York bombing suspect was inspired by Isis; Journal cites call to 'attack the kuffar [disbelievers] in their backyard'," The Independent, September 22, 2016."
"Suspect in New York, New Jersey bombings charged with shooting officer, awaits federal charges,", September 20, 2016."