The bomber who carried out attacks in New York actually disliked gay people, despite fake claims he was a militant gay rights activist.
Two pressure cooker bombs were planted in Saturday in New York. The first bomb detonated in the Chelsea district of Manhattan, injuring 29.
The second was discovered nearby and removed safely.
After the bombings, a number of media reported fake claims that the attacks were carried out by a militant gay activist as “revenge” because “homosexuals and the rest of the LGBTQ+ community are looked down upon by society.”
However, police captured suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami on Monday after a shootout. He has been charged with attempted murder.
Born in Afghanistan, Rahami is a naturalised US citizen, according to the FBI.
Rahami’s childhood sweetheart, who has a child by him, spoke to Fox News after the arrest.
The women, who has not been named to protect her identity, said: “He would speak often of Western culture and how it was different back home… how there weren’t homosexuals in Afghanistan.
“I never thought he would do something like this. I think he was brainwashed.”
She added that he was not in touch with his child, saying: “I didn’t want him to see my daughter.
“If he loved her, he would have paid child support. My greatest fear is that he would try to take my daughter.”