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Ahmad Khan Rahimi

Mental health evaluations key to stopping terrorist attacks

Mental health evaluations key to stopping terrorist attacks

The father of Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspect of recent bombings in New York and New Jersey, told reporters that in 2014 he was worried about his son and took his concerns to the FBI. They investigated, the father said, and told him his son was fine.

"He's OK," they said. "He's clean, he's not a terrorist.'"

No one ever linked the young man to a mental health professional trained in threat assessment who could better determine whether he was on a dangerous path — one that could result in mass violence — and whether treatment could be offered to get him off that path.

Emotional and family instability often play a role in terrorist attacks, along with...

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