An Indian-American bar owner in the US is being hailed as a hero for helping capture the 28-year old Afghan- American wanted for the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey. The bombing saw29 people wounded.
Harinder Bains, the owner of a bar in Linden saw Rahami sleeping in the doorway of his bar. Mr Bains initially thought it was ‘some drunken guy’ but when he woke him, he recognized him as the man whose face had been flashed on repeat as the bombing suspect. The businessman had just seen Rahami while watching TV news on his laptop. He walked to his other store across the street and called the police.
When officers responded, Rahami pulled out a handgun and opened fire, striking an officer in the chest.
A foot chase ensued, during which Rahami shot at a police car, causing a bullet to graze another office in the face.
The chase ended when Rahami was shot multiple times. He was taken to a hospital for surgery. He was not cooperative at first, with the police who tried to interview him.
In a statement, the US National Sikh Campaign said this was brave and courageous act by Bains. "A Sikh helps police get to the terrorist involved in New York and New Jersey bombing over the weekend," it said.
"I'm just a regular citizen doing what every citizen should do. Cops are the real heroes, law enforcement are the real heroes," an humble Bains said.