The US-Canadian border was closed after a car exploded near the Rainbow Bridge crossing killing two people with no indications of a terrorist act


The governor of the US state of New York announced on Wednesday that there were no indications of a terrorist act in a car explosion at a border crossing between the United States and Canada, in a horrific incident that resulted in the deaths of two people who were in the car.

Governor Kathy Hochul said in a press conference, “There is no indication at this time that this was a terrorist act,” adding, “It was a horrific incident, a crash, and an explosion… but at the present time there is no known terrorist connection”.

US and Canadian officials said that a car exploded on Wednesday at the Rainbow Bridge border crossing between the United States and Canada near Niagara Falls, prompting authorities to close all four border crossings between western New York and Canada.

The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force has been mobilized to investigate the incident, according to New York State Governor Kathy Hochul.

Fox News, citing unnamed sources, reported that two people in the car were killed in the explosion and a Border Patrol official was injured.

CNN also reported that two people were killed in the explosion.

The explosion was under investigation by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation field office in Buffalo, New York, the office said in a statement on X.

“The FBI is coordinating with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners on this investigation… Since this is a very fluid situation, this is all we can say at this time,” the statement said.

Doug Ford, Premier of the Ontario Provincial Government in Canada, wrote on X that law enforcement teams in Canada are actively participating in assessing the situation.

Representatives of the US State Department haven’t yet responded to a request for comment on reports of border closures.

A spokesman said the White House was also monitoring the situation closely.

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