23rd November 2023 – (Hong Kong) New York State Governor Kathy Hochul has stated that there is no indication of terrorist involvement in a vehicle explosion that occurred at Rainbow Bridge, a border crossing between the United States and Canada in Niagara Falls. The incident, which tragically claimed the lives of two individuals and injured a border officer, prompted an investigation by the local office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and led to the temporary closure of four cross-border bridges.
While Governor Hochul ruled out the possibility of terrorism, Canadian media reports suggest that Canadian officials are currently working under the assumption that the incident may be terror-related. They are actively seeking to determine whether the incident was an isolated event.
According to Governor Hochul, a local individual from West New York was responsible for the crash. However, it remains unknown whether the crash was intentional or accidental. In an earlier statement, Governor Hochul highlighted that the New York State Police is working closely with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force to closely monitor all entry points into New York.
As a precautionary measure, the Rainbow Bridge, as well as three other bridges connecting western New York and Ontario, were promptly closed. However, the other three bridges have since been reopened. Additionally, the U.S. National Railroad Passenger Corporation temporarily suspended cross-border service between New York State and Canada. The Federal Aviation Administration also paused international arrivals and departures from Buffalo Niagara International Airport for a brief period.
Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt confirmed that the Rainbow Bridge and the Fort Erie Peace Bridge are currently closed in both directions.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that he has been briefed on the situation by the national security and intelligence advisor. He assured the public that Canadian authorities, including the Minister of Public Safety, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), are fully engaged and providing necessary support in coordination with US officials.