Last updated: 09:39 AM ET, Mon September 19 2016

Travelers Encouraged to Be Vigilant Amid NYC Manhunt

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | September 19, 2016

Travelers Encouraged to Be Vigilant Amid NYC Manhunt

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A manhunt is underway following a pair of explosions in New York and New Jersey over the weekend, with many travelers to the Northeast waking up to a cell phone alert to be on the lookout for 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami.

Rahami is wanted in connection with the bomb that exploded in New York's Chelsea neighborhood Saturday, CNN reported.

The FBI describes Rahami as a "United States citizen of Afghan descent born on January 23, 1988, in Afghanistan."

"His last known address was in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He is about 5’ 6” tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. Rahami has brown hair, brown eyes and brown facial hair."

Saturday's blast injured more than two dozen people and came after a garbage can exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey, Saturday during a Marine Corps charity run. Authorities also uncovered an explosive device in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Sunday.

On Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that "there might have been a common linkage" between the two bombs, adding that he "wouldn't be surprised if it zeroes in on a particular individual, today even."

While a majority of the streets near the Chelsea blast have reopened, travelers to the area are encouraged to remain vigilant.

In wake of Saturday's explosion and amid the ongoing United Nations General Assembly meeting, New York has stepped up security, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

"You should know you will see a very substantial NYPD presence this week — bigger than ever," said de Blasio. "I want New Yorkers to be confident when they go back to work on Monday that New York is up and running and we're doing everything that we need to do."

According to Cuomo, as many as 1,000 New York State Police officers and National Guard troops have been deployed to travel hubs throughout the area, including bus terminals, airports and subway stations.


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