A series of apparent terror attacks took place over the weekend in the United States, although the authorities seem to be having great difficulty in pronouncing the word “terror”, let alone “Muslim”.
The biggest attack took place in Chelsea, Manhattan, where an explosion injured 25 (some say 29) people:
Police spokesman J. Peter Donald said on Twitter that the explosion happened at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday on West 23rd Street, which is a major thoroughfare with many restaurants.
He says several people were taken to hospitals with injuries. The Fire Department tweeted that none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.
No detail about the extent of damage was immediately available. A number of New York City subway routes have been affected by the incident.
Watch the CCTV video of the explosion (via Arutz Sheva):
Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference at the scene of the explosion that it was an “intentional act”, but not connected to terrorism, as far as initial indications go.
I really do not understand how the Mayor can come to that conclusion while the investigation has hardly begun!
The Mayor made sure to emphasize, however, that the investigation into the incident is only in its preliminary stages, and that additional information is expected.
Widespread shutdowns were conducted by the NYPD in the aftermath of the explosion, and what appears to be a second explosive device was found.
A pressure cooker with wires attached to it was located four blocks away from where the explosion occurred.
Pressure cookers were the method used at the Boston Marathon attacks in 2013 (see the next item below).
This Manhattan bombing followed an earlier pipe bomb explosion in New Jersey that was timed to go off during a charity race to benefit US Marines. The bomb was also attached multiple devices which did not go off, as Sky News reports:
A small bomb that exploded along the route of a road race in New Jersey on Saturday morning contained multiple devices that failed to go off, authorities have said.
No one was injured in the blast on Ocean Avenue in the town of Seaside Park, which happened at around 9.30am, shortly before 3,000 runners were due to take part in a charity race to benefit US marines and sailors.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was no specific connection between the New Jersey blast and the explosion in Manhattan on Saturday evening that left 29 people injured.
Again, Mayor de Blasio is jumping to conclusions before any investigation! Is he trying to preempt panic? If so, he’s going the wrong way about it. Coming out with baseless reassurances is certain to arouse suspicion and mistrust in the public. He should just advise the public to heed the authorities’ instructions, and take the usual precautions about safety.
The article continues:
Officials say the device was timed to detonate during the race but the start was delayed while a suspicious rucksack was investigated.
The incident is likely to evoke memories of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 which killed three people injured hundreds more.
The weekend of violence was topped off by 8 people injured in a terrorist stabbing in a Minnesota mall, who asked his victims if they were Muslim before stabbing them:
At least eight people were hospitalized late Saturday after a stabbing attack at a Minnesota shopping mall that ended with the suspected attacker, who reportedly made references to Allah, shot dead by an off-duty police officer, authorities said.
The assailant “made some references to Allah,” Blair Anderson, police chief in the city of St. Cloud, told journalists. “We have confirmed that he asked at least one person if they were Muslim before he assaulted them.”
But he emphasized that the investigation remains ongoing and that “whether that was a terrorist attack or not — I’m not willing to say that right now because we just don’t know.”
How many pointers do Americans need before they admit that an attack was in fact terrorism? It seems blindingly obvious to us Israelis.
Anderson said during a news conference shortly after midnight the eight victims were taken to St. Cloud Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries following the attack, which was first reported about 8:15 p.m. One person was admitted. No further details were released.
I am glad that no serious injuries have been reported, and I wish all the injured in all the attacks a speedy recovery.
But: note to America: you cannot fight terrorism if you refuse to name your enemy.