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Man Pleads Not Guilty in New Jersey Explosion

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FILE - Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation work at the scene of an explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, Sept. 18, 2016. Ahmad Khan Rahimi was charged in the blast, which occurred the day before.

FILE - Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation work at the scene of an explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, Sept. 18, 2016. Ahmad Khan Rahimi was charged in the blast, which occurred the day before.

The man accused of last month's bombings in New York and New Jersey that injured dozens of people pleaded not guilty to attempted-murder charges Thursday in a New Jersey state courtroom.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi appeared from his hospital bed in Newark, New Jersey, via video link. He is still recovering from gunshot wounds incurred during his arrest. His court-appointed attorney stood next to him, clad in hospital scrubs.

Rahimi allegedly planted a pipe bomb near a Marine Corps charity footrace in Seaside Park, New Jersey, September 17. The device detonated while a bomb squad was trying to defuse it.

Rahimi, who is 28 and an Afghan-born U.S. citizen, pleaded not guilty to five counts of attempted murder of a police officer, as well as weapons offenses. The hearing in Elizabeth, New Jersey, took only a few minutes.

Rahimi also faces federal terrorism charges for that incident and one in nearby New York City, where an explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood, also on September 17, injured 31 people.

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