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At around 8:00am on Monday the majority of residents in New York received an 'emergency alert' - meaning their phones vibrated and made a loud noise even if they were on silent mode.
If commuters weren't already on edge today, this alert which just rang through the entire train got us there. pic.twitter.com/RHAvTw0mlh
- Lance Ulanoff (@LanceUlanoff) September 19, 2016
The alert, which was targeted geographically, warned New Yorkers that Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was wanted by officials in connection with the two explosions, which happened across New York and New Jersey over the weekend, Mashable reported.
Rahami is now in custody so the alert worked. The suspect was arrested after shooting a police officer in Linden, New Jersey.
It's the first time this kind of emergency alert has been sent when authorities are searching for a wanted suspect. The warning system has previously only been used for extreme weather warnings, AMBER alerts and crisis situations.
Seen him? https://t.co/IvaT8sZs5n Seeking to find Ahmad Rahami Call 1800Call-FBI or https://t.co/vylOlg95dq pic.twitter.com/Xd2SXytZmD
- FBI New York (@NewYorkFBI) September 19, 2016
The notice explained that Rahami is wanted for questioning regarding an explosion in the New York neighbourhood of Chelsea on Saturday night which injured 29 people.
Residents were told to call 911 if they spotted Rahami, who recently lived in Elizabeth, New Jersey and is of Afghan descent.
Here's how New Yorkers reacted to the alert on Twitter...
On the subway, everyone's phones went off simultaneously w/emergency alert about Ahmad Khan Rahami. Like something out of a dystopian movie
- Pamela Engel (@PamEngel12) September 19, 2016
@PamEngel12 It woke us out of bed. Must be nerve-wracking as everyone suspiciously scans across the train for the suspect.
- Dean Masello (@DeanMasello) September 19, 2016
The fact that Rahami is now in custody shows that the alert worked.
Featured image: NYPD
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