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Attacks Rock America Over the Weekend — From Minn. to NYC

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A man who went on a stabbing spree in a Minnesota mall was heard by witnesses to have made “reference to Allah” and asked at least one of his victims if they were Muslim, reported Fox News.

Eight people were treated for wounds and released from a local hospital after a man dressed as a private security went on a rampage at the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The man was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer from a difference jurisdiction.

St. Cloud Police Chief William Blair Anderson said the motive for the attack was not yet clear and only said, "We will be diligent and get to the bottom of this."

The man was unknown to the police department, except for previous traffic violations. St. Cloud is located about 70 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

Other attacks rocked America over the weekend. Motives for the attacks are still unknown, although the modus operandi of the attacks mimics Islamist terror attacks in the past. The attacks included:

 

A Palestinian man in New York City was confronted by a policeman who found him running through the streets with a meat cleaver in his hand. Two months prior, the man was detained by police for screaming “Allahu Akbar [God is great]” outside a Brooklyn synagogue.

At the time, police found two knives in his car. The man, identified as Akram Joudeh, was tackled by Officer Brian O'Donnell who was heading home after finishing his shift which had ended at 4 pm.

Joudeh had climbed atop a police car that had responded to the incident when O’Donnell tackled him. Joudeh was shot six times by police officers after refusing to drop the cleaver. Neighbors say that a number of times the police would be called when Joudeh would fight with his uncle, who he was living with. He was due to face a deportation hearing.

O’Donnell survived the attack and left the hospital after a surgery which left him with a stitched-up gash on his face from above his temple until his chin and injuries on his left hand and wrist.

 

On Saturday morning, a pipe bomb exploded in New Jersey right at a time when thousands of runners were to participate in a 5K race to benefit Marines and sailors.  The device was planted along the route of the Semper Five run in the Jersey shore town of Seaside Park.

No one was injured in the blast, as the start time of the run had been delayed because an unidentified backpack had raised suspicions. The bomb was “wired together” with other devices that did not detonate, said a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. 

 

On Saturday night, a pressure-cooker bomb exploded in a dumpster in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood on West 23rd Street injuring at least 29 people. A second pressure cooker believed to be an unexploded bomb was discovered four blocks from the initial blast at West 27th Street.

At press time, the motive for the bombs had not been determined.

 

 

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org