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Surveillance video released on Thursday shows the moment an alleged terror bomber left luggage with an explosive device inside on a New York City street Saturday, and one passerby who appears to kick a bag containing the device.
The pressure cooker bomb inside the suitcase left on West 27th Street in Manhattan on Saturday did not explode, and was removed by two other people who made off with the luggage — but left the device, which was inside a plastic bag, behind.
Another device allegedly left by suspect Ahmad Rahami on West 23rd Street did detonate, and wounded 31 people, officials say.
The video shows unaware people pass by the device on the sidewalk before a woman called 911. One person appears to kick the bag as it is on the street before the 911 call is made, while another person nudges it.
A bomb squad was called and removed the device, which was characterized by the FBI as a pressure cooker containing an explosive charge as well as ball bearings and steel nuts.
Rahami was wounded in a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey, two days later on Monday. He is at University Hospital in Newark, where he is sedated with a breathing tube inserted.
Rahami has been charged with federal and state charges, including three counts of using and attempting to use of weapons of mass destruction that could send him to prison for life if he is convicted.
Another bomb left on the route of a charity run in Seaside Park, New Jersey, earlier Saturday detonated but no one was hurt. An explosive device discovered at an Elizabeth, New Jersey, train station Monday went off as a bomb squad robot attempted to defuse the bomb, authorities said.