“The FBI is investigating the Minnesota incident as a potential act of terrorism,” Obama said. “We will direct the full resources from the federal government to make sure that the investigation goes forward aggressively.”
He said there is no intelligence at this point that connects the attacks in New York and New Jersey with the attack in Minnesota.
“One point they all made is, folks around here, they don’t get scared. They are tough. They are resilient. They go about their business every single day. And that [is the] kind of toughness and resoluteness and a recognition that neither individuals nor organizations like [ISIS] can ultimately undermine our way of life. That’s the kind of strength that makes me so proud to be an American. And that’s the kind of strength that is going to be absolutely critical — not just in the days to come but in the years to come,” he said.
Obama expressed gratitude that there was no loss of life in the attacks.
“We are extremely fortunate grateful that nobody was killed,” he said. “Our prayers go out to all those injured. We want to wish them a speedy recovery.”
The White House has refrained from weighing in on the attacks and instead has deferred to officials on the front lines of the investigations. In his statement Obama continued to defer questions on the investigations to the FBI and local law enforcement officials.
Suspect Ahmad Khan Raham, a 28-year-old U.S. citizen of Afghan descent, was taken into custody Monday morning in Linden, New Jersey, after the FBI released a wanted poster for his capture, calling him a person of interest in connection with this weekend’s bombings in New York City and New Jersey.