Logan CrawfordSep 27, 2017, 10:27 pm

Jury selection begins in alleged Chelsea bomber’s trial

Ahmad Rahimi is accused of detonating homemade bombs in NYC and Seaside Park, New Jersey last September

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In federal court on Thursday, more than 100 potential jurors were interviewed for the trial of Ahmed Rahimi, the 29-year-old accused of setting off pressure cooker bombs last September in New York and New Jersey.

District court officials say lawyers on both sides are going through around 150 potential jurors, eliminating any for bias, until they get to the set number for trial.

Afghan-born Rahimi is accused of setting off two pressure-cooker bombs last year in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. One of those bombs injured 30 people.

Authorities say the 29-year-old U.S. citizen from Elizabeth, New Jersey also set off a pipe bomb at a charity race in Seaside Park, New Jersey. Police also found several more bombs at a train station in Elizabeth. Police caught Rahimi after a shootout in Linden.

During jury selection, several people said they cannot serve on the jury as they had friends or loved ones who were either injured or killed in the Boston Marathon bombings or on Sept. 11.

Rahimi pleaded not guilty to the charges against him one of which is the use of weapons of mass destruction.

Officials say jury selection could go until Thursday.

The trial is expected to start on Monday with opening statements.

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