Prosecutors: Bombing conviction ‘swift’ justice

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. attorney’s office says the crimes of a New Jersey man convicted of planting two bombs on New York City streets have been met with “swift and resolute justice.”

Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim issued a statement Monday shortly after a Manhattan jury found 29-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahimi guilty of all charges. Rahimi faces a maximum punishment of life in prison.

Prosecutors say Rahimi considered himself “a soldier in a holy war against Americans” and was inspired by the Islamic State group and al-Qaida to carry out the Sept. 17, 2016, attacks.

Kim says, “Today’s verdict is a victory for New York City, a victory for America in its fight against terror, and a victory for all who believe in the cause of justice.”

The defense says it will appeal. Sentencing is set for Jan. 18.