- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The FBI is looking to identify and speak with two men who left a pressure-cooker bomb on a New York City sidewalk after they removed the device from a suitcase and stole the luggage.

Authorities released a photo of the two men Wednesday in the hopes of identifying the men and locating the luggage that was taken as part of their investigation into the Saturday’s bombing.

While the pressure-cooker bomb removed from the luggage and left on the sidewalk along West 27th Street in Manhattan did not detonate, a second device left inside a garbage bin on West 23rd Street did explode and injured 29 people.

The image released by the FBI shows two men walking along West 27th Street between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue between 8 and 9 p.m. Saturday.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce has previously said that police are looking to question the men, but that there is no indication they were involved in the bombing.

Also unclear is whether the two men may have inadvertently deactivated the bomb while removing it from the luggage.

Investigators used the cellphone connected to the device to link the bomb to 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, a U.S. citizen of Afghan descent, who was charged on multiple counts, including using and attempting to use weapons of mass destruction in connection to the bombs in New York as well as New Jersey.

A criminal complaint filed Tuesday accuses Mr. Rahami of placing the two bombs in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, as well as placing a bomb that exploded near the route of a charity race for U.S. Marines in Seaside Park, New Jersey, and five other explosive devices that were found in a trash container at a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey. One of those devices detonated Sunday night while a bomb squad robot was trying to disarm it, but no one was injured.

Mr. Rahami was taken into police custody Monday night after a gun battle with police in Linden, New Jersey. He remains hospitalized.

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