Several terrorist attacks over the weekend have reignited concerns about the threat to America’s homeland from radical terrorists. There was a bombing in New York City that injured at least 29, and a terrifying knife attack at a shopping mall in St. Cloud Minnesota that left eight people injured.
Suspect shot dead by off-duty cop
In the Minnesota mall incident, a lone assailant raced through the mall stabbing people as he passed. According to a report in The New York Times, the attacker was “dressed in a security guard uniform, mentioned Allah and asked at least one victim if he was Muslim.” The attacker was shot dead by an off-duty police officer.
ISIS claims responsibility for Minnesota attack
On Sunday, ISIS claimed responsibility for the Minnesota attack through the Amaq News Agency, which acts as the Islamic State’s news service. The report cited the Islamic State’s encouragement of ‘lone wolf’ attackers to carry out “jihad at home.”
On Saturday evening, a bomb explosion occurred in the Chelsea area in New York City that injured 29 people, and a bomb was found in a train station in New Jersey. The FBI is seeking 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami as a suspect in both incidents. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the bombing was “an act of terrorism.”
UN General Assembly meets this week in NYC
New York City has mobilized thousands of police officers to establish a significant presence today as the city prepared for the start of the UN General Assembly meeting that starts this week.
The incidents over the weekend will likely cause a refocus on domestic terrorism just a week ahead of the first presidential debate scheduled for next Monday evening.