The explosion reported earlier Wednesday in Niagara Falls at the US-Canada border is being reported as an “attempted terrorist attack.”
According to Fox News national correspondent Bill Melugin, “the vehicle explosion at the Rainbow Bridge border crossing in NY was an attempted terror attack w/ a vehicle full of explosives. Two men in car dead. I’m awaiting a response from CBP.”
BREAKING: High level local police sources tell colleague @AlexisMcAdamsTV that the vehicle explosion at the Rainbow Bridge border crossing in NY was an attempted terror attack w/ a vehicle full of explosives. Two men in car dead. I’m awaiting a response from CBP re: any injuries…
— Bill Melugin (@BillMelugin_) November 22, 2023
All four international border crossings between Canada and the United States in western New York have been closed.
Authorities evacuated the area around the explosion.
All 4 International Border crossings between Canada & the U.S. (Western NY) have now been closed.
FBI has warning that the entire area around the explosion has been evacuated, and the ‘situation is fluid.’
This is one of the busiest travel days of the year. pic.twitter.com/CQFWoP30Ni
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Sources at Fox News said there were “a lot of explosives in the vehicle at the time.”
BREAKING: The "vehicle explosion" at Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls between U.S. and Canada border was an "attempted terrorist attack" with "a lot of explosives in the vehicle at the time." – Fox News pic.twitter.com/xtiiuRhQK5
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) November 22, 2023
Currently, multiple authorities and emergency personnel are on the scene, with evacuations underway after a vehicle… pic.twitter.com/CGJnKIm6u5
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) November 22, 2023
BREAKING REPORT: Strong explosion at Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls has been CONFIRMED AS A TERRORIST attack..
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) November 22, 2023
BREAKING: Photo after reports of incident involving vehicle coming into the US on the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, NY Gov. Hochul says being briefed on incident. All 4 international border crossings between the US-Canada in Western New York closed https://t.co/v3rws2450M pic.twitter.com/B2rFfYfRo9
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) November 22, 2023
Fox News reports:
The FBI is investigating a vehicle explosion Wednesday at the Rainbow Bridge border crossing between the U.S. and Canada in what sources tell Fox News was an attempted terrorist attack.
Explosives were in the vehicle at the time and two people who were in the car are dead, the sources told Fox News. A border officer was injured.
The vehicle was driving from the U.S. to Canada and were attempting to drive toward the border officer building, the sources said.
All bridges are closed in the area, and all government buildings are evacuated, according to the sources.
International border crossing points between Canada and Western New York are closed after the reported incident, which has also injured at least one person, a 27-year-old male who was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, including back pain and minor cuts. His condition is not severe.
“The FBI Buffalo Field Office is investigating a vehicle explosion at the Rainbow Bridge, a border crossing between the US and Canada in Niagara Falls,” the FBI said in a statement.
The “attempted terrorist attack” follows FBI Director Christopher Wray saying the border crisis poses a major homeland security threat.
From the House Committee on Homeland Security:
Today, the House Committee on Homeland Security, led by Chairman Mark E. Green, MD (R-TN), held a hearing to examine global threats to the U.S. homeland and America’s interests abroad. The hearing featured testimony from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray, and National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Director Christine Abizaid.Advertisement
In the hearing, members received confirmation of the urgent national security threat posed by the nearly 1.8 million known gotaways and the rising number of individuals on the terrorist watchlist apprehended crossing the Southwest border—especially as America’s enemies, including Iran-backed Hamas and Hezbollah, have been emboldened to spread their malign influence following the October 7 terrorist attacks on our ally, Israel. Wray confirmed these facts in his testimony and alluded to Chairman Green that the national security consequences of the crisis have turned every state into a border state. Director Wray even confirmed all 56 FBI joint terrorism task forces are occupied with threats coming across the border.
Worse, Mayorkas could not confirm that every suspected terrorist that crosses the Southwest border illegally is detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), while Wray admitted that the FBI is still attempting to locate certain individuals on the terrorist watchlist who have crossed into the United States. Throughout his testimony, Mayorkas consistently refused to answer direct questions about how his policies have opened America’s borders, and the national security consequences of those policies.
In addition, CBS Evening News warned Tuesday about heightened threats of a possible terror attack, with New York state being a focus.
“The NYPD says there are growing concerns about security with the escalating violence in Gaza. @CBSNews has learned about heightened threats of a possible terror attack on the U.S. with ‘New York state being a focus.’ The alert says possible targets include protests and other public events,” CBS Evening News said Tuesday.
The NYPD says there are growing concerns about security with the escalating violence in Gaza. @CBSNews has learned about heightened threats of a possible terror attack on the U.S. with "New York state being a focus." The alert says possible targets include protests and other… pic.twitter.com/0ppIdKOSNi
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) November 22, 2023