Elec­tion ri­vals again fo­cus on ter­ror­ism af­ter blasts, stab­bings

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - By John Wag­ner Bloomberg News con­trib­uted.

NEW YORK — Home­land se­cu­rity and ter­ror­ist threats are back on the front burner of the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign af­ter a de­vice blew up Satur­day night in New York City and in­ci­dents in New Jersey and Min­nesota ear­lier in the day.

Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton on Sun­day con­demned what she char­ac­ter­ized as “ap­par­ent ter­ror­ist at­tacks.”

“Law en­force­ment of­fi­cials are work­ing to iden­tify who was be­hind the at­tacks in New York and New Jersey, and we should give them the sup­port they need to fin­ish the job and bring those re­spon­si­ble to jus­tice,” Clin­ton said in a state­ment, adding: “We will not rest un­til that hap­pens.”

A pipe bomb ex­ploded Satur­day in Sea­side Park, N.J., be­fore the start of a char­ity 5K race to ben­e­fit Marines and sailors.

The for­mer sec­re­tary of state noted the Is­lamic State, also known as ISIS, had as­serted re­spon­si­bil­ity for the stab­bings of nine peo­ple Satur­day in­side a mall in St. Cloud, Minn.

“This should steel our re­solve to pro­tect our coun­try and de­feat ISIS and other ter­ror­ist groups,” Clin­ton said.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who backs Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump, said on CNN that, “if you look at a num­ber of th­ese in­ci­dents, you can call them what­ever you want. They are ter­ror­ism though. There’s no doubt about that.”

At a rally Satur­day in Colorado Springs, Colo., Trump an­nounced that “a bomb went off in New York” be­fore it was con­firmed to have been an ex­plo­sive de­vice.

“We bet­ter get very tough, folks,” Trump said. “It’s a ter­ri­ble thing that’s go­ing on in our world and in our coun­try, and we are go­ing to get tough and smart and vig­i­lant.”

AN­DREW HARNIK/AP

Hil­lary Clin­ton, shown Satur­day, con­demned the “ap­par­ent ter­ror­ist at­tacks” in Min­nesota, New Jersey and New York.

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