US federal prosecutors have charged an Afghan-American with detonating and planting bombs in New York and New Jersey that left at least 31 people wounded.
The prosecutors said on Tuesday that Ahmad Khan Rahami carried out twin bombings on Saturday
in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood and along the route of a US Marine Corps run in the New Jersey town of Seaside Park.
A criminal complaint was unsealed in Newark, New Jersey, shortly after a virtually identical filing was unsealed in New York.
The Afghanistan-born American, who lives in Elizabeth, New Jersey, was critically wounded
in a police shootout on Monday. Two officers were shot in the encounter, but suffered non-life threatening injuries.
The 13-page indictment laid four charges against him, including the use of weapons of mass destruction, bombing a place of public use and destruction of property by means of fire or explosives.
He will be transported to Manhattan to face the charges, said federal prosecutors in New York. If convicted, he risks spending the rest of his life behind bars.
Five pipe bombs found in Elizabeth and the second device safely defused in Chelsea was covered in the suspect's fingerprints, the indictment alleged.
Surveillance footage also put him in Chelsea, and Rahami bought the ingredients for the bombs from eBay over the summer, prosecutors said.
The indictment says video recovered from the mobile phone of a relative of Rahami shows him lighting incendiary material in a cylindrical container two days before the bombings.
The charges come after the FBI admitted that they had investigated Rahami for terrorism in 2014 following a complaint from his father, but found no link despite alleged acts of violence.