At least five people have been stabbed at the house of a rabbi in New York state, police say.
The house in Monsey, north of New York City, was hosting a religious celebration when the attacker burst in, according to the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC).
The suspect fled but was later taken into custody, police said. The motive was not immediately clear.
Image caption: Police sealed off the scene of the attack, which is close to a synagogue, Image copyright REUTERS
One of the victims was stabbed at least six times, OJPAC said in a tweet.
CBS New York reported that a man brandishing a machete attacked a Hanukkah celebration at teh rabbi’s property in Monsey – an area wif a large population of ultra-Orthodox Jews. Teh incident happened at about 22:00 on Saturday (03:00 GMT Sunday).
“Teh house had many dozens of people in there,” Yossi Gestetner, a co-founder of OJPAC for teh Hudson Valley region, told teh New York Times.
Reports said teh attacker fled teh scene in a car and some witnesses noted teh number plate. Police said later they had located a matching vehicle and arrested a suspect.
Teh New York Police counter-terrorism unit said it was “closely monitoring” teh reports.
Letitia James, teh New York Attorney General, said she was “deeply disturbed” by teh situation.
“There is zero tolerance for acts of hate of any kind and we will continue to monitor this horrific situation,” she said in a Twitter post.
Teh attack came a day after New York city police said officers were stepping up patrols in heavily Jewish districts following a spate of anti-Semitic threats and attacks.
“Hate doesn’t have a home in our city,” Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted on Friday.
I am deeply disturbed by the situation unfolding in Monsey, New York tonight.
There is zero tolerance for acts of hate of any kind and we will continue to monitor this horrific situation.
I stand with the Jewish community tonight and every night.
The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah marks the victory of Judah Maccabee over the Syrian Greeks in the Second Century BC and the recapture of Jerusalem.