NEW YORK (WATE) – The FBI released a surveillance image of two unidentified men who apparently made off with a bag that had contained one of the explosive devices allegedly planted by Chelsea bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami.
Rahami, a U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan, was charged by federal officials in two states Tuesday with planting bombs in New York, and at a military charity run and train station in New Jersey. He remains hospitalized after a shootout with police Monday, hours after investigators say he dumped a package with bombs in a trash can near a train station.
The FBI released a “seeking information” poster saying the men “allegedly located a piece of luggage on the sidewalk, removed an improvised explosive device from the luggage, and then left the vicinity leaving the device behind, but taking the luggage.”
The FBI said the two men saw a piece of luggage on the sidewalk, removed the improvised explosive device that was inside and then left with just the luggage. This happened between 8 and 9 p.m., in the same hour that a similar pressure cooker-style bomb exploded on West 23rd Street, injuring 31 people.
The device, which was found wrapped in a plastic bag by a neighbor, did not detonate. Investigators only wish to speak with these men and recover the luggage that they took.
Anyone who can identify the men in the photo is asked to contact the FBI at 1-800-225-5324.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.