Monday, September 19, 2016

Bomb and Knife Attacks Rattle the U.S.

I've got Fox & Friends on right now, and there's an FBi raid happening at this moment in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

I can't wait until authorities release the names of the suspects. If they're Muslim, oh boy, it's going to rattle the campaign.

At WSJ, "Bombs in New York and New Jersey, Stabbing Attacks in Minnesota Stoke Unease":
Three violent attacks over the weekend that left almost 40 people injured remained shrouded in questions, but together they fueled growing fears among authorities about terror assaults by small groups, lone wolves or simply deranged individuals.

And even as those were under investigation, a suspicious device found in a trash can near a train station in Elizabeth, N.J., exploded early Monday as a bomb squad was attempting to disarm it with a robot, officials said, according to the Associated Press.

Among the earlier incidents, police said a man dressed as a security guard injured nine people in knife attacks late Saturday at a shopping mall in St. Cloud, Minn. He was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer.

Authorities said they were investigating it as a possible terrorist incident.

Islamic State-linked Amaq Agency called the man “a soldier of the Islamic State” who “carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of countries belonging to the crusader coalition.”

The man, whom police didn’t identify, made references to Allah and asked at least one victim if he was Muslim. He was identified as Somali-American.

In New York, authorities were searching for a bomb maker who set off a blast near a large trash container on a Manhattan street Saturday evening that left 29 people injured from flying debris, including shrapnel.

Police subsequently found an unexploded bomb four blocks away. Authorities said they had identified a “person of interest” in the bombing they would like to speak to.

Earlier in New Jersey, officials said they didn’t yet know whether a pipe bomb that went off before a charity run at a seashore resort Saturday morning was linked to any terror group. Officials were also trying to determine if the Manhattan bombs and the New Jersey device were made by the same individual or group.

No injuries were reported from the blast at Seaside Park as thousands of runners were set to participate in the benefit for Marines and sailors.

The attacks, coming as world leaders gathered in New York City for the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting, heightened concern that similar assaults could be mounted elsewhere, especially in public places with large crowds that are difficult to protect...
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