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Explosion at US-Canada border: Report

FBI agents. (Melanie Rodgers Cox/US Air Force)
November 23, 2023

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating a vehicle explosion that occurred Wednesday at the Rainbow Bridge crossing on the border between the United States and Canada.

According to Fox News, sources have indicated that the vehicle explosion may have been an attempted terrorist attack and that the two individuals in the car were both killed in the explosion. A border officer was also injured in the explosion.

After the explosion, the FBI released a statement on social media notifying the public that the agency is investigating the explosion incident.

“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 stated. “The FBI is coordinating with our local, state and federal enforcement partners in this investigation. As this situation is very fluid, that’s all we can say at this time.”

The Rainbow Bridge links Niagara Falls, New York, with Niagara Falls, Canada. Fox News reported that all bridges near the incident have been closed and all government buildings were evacuated following the explosion. Whirlpool Bridge, Peace Bridge, and Lewiston-Queenston Bridge are currently closed due to the FBI’s investigation.

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Fox News reported that international border crossing locations between Western New York and Canada have been closed in the aftermath of the explosion.

Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Monica Crowley, tweeted, “The vehicle explosion at Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls – on our northern border – is being called an ‘attempted terror attack’ with ‘a lot of explosives in the vehicle at the time.'”