Sunday, September 18, 2016

America Absorbing More Terrorist Attacks This Weekend (updated 9/18 and 9/19)

This weekend has seen several terrorist attacks around the United States:

First up, in Philadelphia, "[a] gunnman first ambushed a Philadelphia police sergeant late Friday night and then went on a shooting rampage killing a young woman and wounding two law enforcement officers and three other civilians before police shot him to death." This appears to be part of the general anti-police terror campaign inspired by Black Lives Matter.

Second, there was a mass stabbing in at the Cross-Roads Center Mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Eight people were injured before the assailant was shot dead by an off-duty police officer from another jurisdiction. The assailant, Dahir Adan, a Somali Muslim, reportedly mentioned "Allah" and asked victims if they were Muslim. ISIS has claimed that Adan was one of theirs. (Sources: Daily Mail, PJ Media, Fox News).

Next up, in Seaside Park, New Jersey, a pipe-bomb was detonated along the route of a 5k run and walk intended to benefit military personnel. According to one of the news reports, "Multiple devices were also found 'wired together' in the same garbage pail, but they did not detonate...." There were no injuries, but that was only because the start of the run had been delayed. If the race had started when originally scheduled, scores of runners would have been in the vicinity of the blast. (Sources: NJ.com, Daily Mail).

In New York City, a pressure cooker bomb exploded in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, injuring at least 29 people. A second bomb failed to explode and was found nearby. A note found with the second bomb was written in Arabic. Law enforcement believes that the New Jersey bombing and the New York bombing are related, carried out by the same person(s). (Sources: Daily Mail (here, here and here), USA Today, Weasel Zippers).

Update (9/18/2016):
The pressure cooker bomb found in NYC which did not detonate.
Some more details have emerged concerning the total of 5 bombs found in New York and New Jersey. From the article:
Three pipe bombs found in New Jersey and two IEDs that terrorized New York City on Saturday all have one thing in common - cell phones.  
An old-school flip phone was used as a timer in all five home-made bombs. 
Authorities said they still have not found any indication the incidents in New Jersey and New York are related, but in both cases flip phones were used as timers to detonate the explosives. 
All phones used as detonators were similar in design, according to PIX 11.  
And this comes as CNN claimed to have seen video which places the same man at 23rd and 27th streets in Manhattan - where one bomb detonated and another pressure cooker device failed to detonate.  
The security footage from Saturday reveals a man dragging what appears to be a duffel bag on wheels near to the bomb detonated on 23rd street. This was 40 minutes before the blast[.]
Another video also appears to show the same duffel bag on 27th street. 
In this video, the man seen at both locations leaves it and then two men approach the bag and remove a white garbage bag.
 Also:
Authorities have also said another similarity was the lack of know-how that went in to making the bombs.  
Out of the five devices found or detonated on Saturday, three failed to work as designed.
The pressure-cooker bombs used in NYC had tannerite residue (although there would also have had to be an accelerant to make it work), according to the article, while the pipe bombs used in New Jersey apparently had residue from black powder.  

Another Update: "Sources say 5 people were taken into custody in connection with Saturday's bombing in Chelsea."

Update (9/19/2016): The NYC and NJ bombing suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28--an Afghani immigrant--was taken into custody Monday morning in Linden, New Jersey, after a shootout with police in which two police officers were shot. Rahami was also wounded in the gun battle. In another report, the Daily Mail reports: "Authorities say a terror cell may be operating in New York and New Jersey after a backpack containing up to five explosive devices was found in an NJ train station Sunday and the five suspects were stopped in an SUV full of weapons on the bridge to an NY airport."

In an update to the Cross-Roads Center Mall stabbing, earlier reports indicated that the man who shot the attacker was an off-duty police officer. That is not entirely correct. While the man--Jason Falconer--is a part-time police officer, his day job is as a firearms instructor.

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