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Commuter train derails after crash near New York

Emergency services attend the scene. Credit: Reuters

A crash between two trains near New York caused one to derail and the other to catch fire.

A commuter train carrying around 600 people derailed east of New Hyde Park in Long Island after it hit a work train on the tracks.

The work train caught fire following the crash just after 9pm (local time) on Saturday.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo said 11 people have been taken to hospital. None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.


White House: New York bombing was 'act of terrorism'

The New York mayor and governor at the bomb site. Credit: Reuters

The White House has condemned the attacks in New York and New Jersey as an "act of terrorism".

As the charges against Ahmad Khan Rahami were made public the White House made its statement, previously it had withheld making an assessment on what had happened until a motive could be discerned.

Rahami bought bomb materials on eBay, prosecutors allege

Ahmad Khan Rahami Credit: Reuters

Ahmad Khan Rahami bought bomb making equipment on eBay, made a video of himself testing out homemade explosives, and kept a journal expressing outrage at the US "slaughter" of mujahideen in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Palestine, federal prosecutors allege.

The charging documents and accompanying sworn statements from the FBI were unsealed in a Manhattan federal court and shed new light on Rahami's motives.

His journal apparently expressed the wish to die a martyr, the criminal complaint revealed.

One passage of his journal is said to have read: "Inshallah (God willing), the sounds of bombs will be heard in the streets. Gun shots to your police. Death to your oppression."

Other parts of the 28-year-old's journal allegedly praise "Brother" Osama bin Laden; Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born Muslim cleric and leading al Qaeda propagandist who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011; and Nidal Hasan, the U.S. Army psychiatrist who shot dead 13 people and wounded 32 at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009.

An eBay account linked to Rahami bought chemicals, circuit boards and ball bearings that matched the explosives and remnants collected at the crime scenes, the documents said.

Video found on a family member's mobile phone dated two days before the bombings showed Rahami lighting a fuse and igniting incendiary material packed in a partially buried cylinder.

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