‘Don’t succumb to that fear’: President Obama speaks out on New York, New Jersey explosions

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President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans Monday following a series of suspected bombing incidents in New York and New Jersey over the weekend, and reaffirmed the US commitment to fighting the Islamic State.

"At moments like this, I think it's important to remember what terrorists and violent extremists are trying to do: they want to hurt innocent people, but also inspire fear in all of us," Obama said at a news conference in New York. "Even as we have to be vigilant and aggressive ... we all have a role to play as citizens in making sure we don't succumb to that fear."

New York police were looking for 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami in connection with the Chelsea bombing over the weekend.  He is now in custody after a shootout with police, sources said.

The shootout happened Monday in Linden, New Jersey, a local and federal law enforcement official said.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man wanted for questioning in connection with bombings in New York and Seaside Park, New Jersey, is also believed to be connected to the pipe bombs found in a backpack Sunday night in Elizabeth, New Jersey, sources said.

Rahami had been added to key terror watch lists to prevent him from trying to leave the country.

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