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US-Canada border crossings closed after ‘attempted terrorist attack’ – media

The FBI is investigating a vehicle explosion near Rainbow Bridge which injured at least one person

Four border crossings between Canada and western New York state were closed after a vehicle exploded at a tollbooth crossing into the US via Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls in what sources told Fox News was an attempted terrorist attack on Wednesday. 

Explosives were allegedly found in the vehicle, which was attempting to drive into the border officer building, according to the news outlet.

The FBI’s Buffalo Field Office said it is investigating what it called a “vehicle explosion” in coordination with local law enforcement, describing the situation as “very fluid” in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

A 27-year-old man has reportedly been taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, said to include back pain and minor cuts. The two people in the car that exploded are said to have died, while one border officer was injured.

The incident occurred at 11:51am local time, according to the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition, and took place on the American side of the bridge.

In addition to Rainbow Bridge, authorities closed Peace Bridge, Lewiston-Queenston Bridge, and Whirlpool Bridge to investigate the incident. Border crossings were especially busy ahead of the US’ Thanksgiving holiday, which takes place on Thursday.

According to Fox News’ sources, government buildings in the area have also been evacuated.

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