A Day of Terror in the United States


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Theo Menon

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2016, an explosion occurred in New York City.

The explosion, which happened in Manhattan’s busy Chelsea neighborhood, resulted in 29 injuries and fortunately no fatalities. It transpired mere hours after a pipe bomb detonated in Jersey City, New Jersey. According to officials, the bomb in Jersey City was in a trash can; it was one of three. The other two bombs did not detonate, and no fatalities were reported in New Jersey.

The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo (D), said that the Manhattan attack was “obviously an act of terrorism,” but he doesn’t see any connections to foreign terrorist organizations such as ISIS at this moment. New York City counterterrorism forces found an undetonated pressure cooker bomb near the sight of the detonatedbombing.

These attacks in Jersey City and New York City occurred within hours of a stabbing at a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Eight people were stabbed, and the stabbing came to a halt when the suspect was killed by an off-duty law enforcement official. Witnesses to the St. Cloud attack say that the attacker referenced the name “Allah” during the assault and asked one victim whether they were Muslim. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack and officials have labeled the attacker as a “soldier of the Islamic State.”

Both major party candidates for President–Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton–provided brief commentary on the issues.

Mr. Trump said in Colorado Springs, before officials determined the cause of the explosion, that there was a “bombing” and the United States had to “get tough.”

Secretary Clinton, who was attending a Congressional Black Caucus event with President Barack Obama during the attack, said that we must wait for the facts to come out.

Following the attacks in St. Cloud, Minnesota’s Governor Mark Dayton (DFL) released the following statement on his Facebook page: “I am appalled at the terrible attacks on innocent Minnesotans in St. Cloud last night. If true that they were motivated by religious bigotry, I condemn them even more strongly. There is no place in Minnesota for intolerance of all Americans’ constitutional right to worship according to their beliefs. I am deeply grateful to the heroic law enforcement officer, whose swift response prevented an even worse attack. And I extend my very best wishes to the victims for their swift and complete recoveries. I ask everyone in the St. Cloud area and throughout Minnesota to rise above this atrocity and act to make religious and racial tolerance one of the ways in which Minnesotans again lead our country. Tomorrow morning, I will travel to St. Cloud to offer my support to city officials and its citizens.”

As of now, it is unknown who perpetrated the detonated and attempted bombings in New York City and Jersey City. Law enforcement officials have confirmed that they believe the attacks were committed by the same people.