Ahmad Khan Rahimi was found guilty Monday on all counts of planting pressure-cooker bombs on New York City streets, including one thatwhen it detonated in the Chelsea neighborhood on Sept. 17, 2016.
It took jurors in a Manhattan Federal Court just four hours to convict Rahimi, 29, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, after his eight-day trial, according to DNAInfo.
"Today’s verdict is the most forceful deterrent for anyone considering waging terror in our City," NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said in a statement following the verdict, calling the fact that no one was killed in the West 23rd Street explosion "miraculous."
Prosecutors said Rahimi left his home before sunrise to plant a pipe bomb along the route of a Marine Corps charity race in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, an oceanside community, CBS News reported. No one was injured in that explosion because the race had been delayed and then canceled.
Just hours later, dozens of videos tracked Rahimi's movements as he dragged his bombs in suitcases through Manhattan streets, and they also captured the explosion at 23rd Street in the Chelsea neighborhood that injured 30 people, according CBS News. Another bomb was planted on 27th Street but didn't detonate.
According to the BBC, federal prosecutors described the Afghanistan-born U.S. citizen as a "soldier in a holy war against Americans." He was inspired by the Islamic State group and al-Qaida to carry out the attacks in New York and New Jersey, CBS News reported.
What were the charges?
Rahimi, who lived with his family in Elizabeth, New Jersey, was charged with crimes including bombing a public place, using a weapon of mass destruction, and interstate transportation of explosives.
He researched online how to make bombs, bought ingredients and then assembled the bombs after watching how-to videos, prosecutors said in court.
What is his possible sentence?
He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison for the crimes, prosecutors said, according to DNAInfo.
Rahimi is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 18. The defense plans to file an appeal.