President Barack Obama on Monday asked Americans not to succumb to fear after multiple recent attacks, pledging to keep fighting the so-called Islamic State terror group abroad and its ideology at home.
Obama spoke in New York City following explosions there and in New Jersey and a separate stabbing of several people at a mall in Minnesota over the weekend. Obama did not say if authorities believe the attacks were inspired by ISIS or another international terror group. He added that the FBI is investigating the Minnesota attack as a "possible act of terror," but said authorities see no connection between it and the New York and New Jersey bombings.
The attacks did not kill anyone, but injured dozens. "We are extremely fortunate and grateful that nobody was killed," Obama said.
"They are trying to hurt innocent people, but they are also trying to inspire fear in all of us. ... We all have a role to play as citizens in making sure we don't succumb to that fear," Obama said.