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Three D.C. businesses hit by explosive devices, police offering cash reward for info on suspect

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Early Sunday morning, three Washington, D.C. businesses were hit with explosive devices. The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying a suspect, who they said appears to have targeted commercial establishments, not any members of the public.

D.C. police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are offering a reward of up to $20,000 to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

The explosions began at 4:30a.m. Sunday morning, with the first device going off outside an ATM at the Truist Bank in Northeast DC. The suspect fled in a vehicle, only to detonate a second explosive device at 4:36a.m. in front of the Nike Store doors on H Street Northeast. Finally, police say the suspect “threw a molotov cocktail style object at the Safeway store” in Northeast D.C.

All locations were closed during the attacks, resulting in no reported injuries. However, damage occurred at all three establishments.

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Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year

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The vulnerability of the northern border of the United States is being weaponized in the war on illegal migration. 2023 saw a 240% increase of individuals apprehended from just one year prior. Not only is the border with Canada significantly longer than its border with Mexico, but its ports of entry are often understaffed while the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is forced to prioritize the southern surge.

According to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in 2023 authorities halted over 12,000 migrants attempting illegal crossings at the Canadian border. The number is a 240% increase from the preceding year when 3,579 individuals were apprehended.

ADN America reports that approximately 70% of the illegal crossings took place along a 295-mile stretch along the northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire border called the Swanton Sector.

Chief patrol agent for the sector, Robert Garcia, posted on social media that the 3,100 individuals apprehended were from 55 different countries. 

Garcia wrote “the record-breaking surge of illegal entries from Canada continues in Swanton Sector” and he specifically mentioned that the arrest of 10 Bangladeshi citizens was prompted by a citizen’s report in Champlain, New York.

Surprisingly, ADN reports:

A significant number of those engaging in illegal crossings are Mexicans who exploit the opportunity to fly to Canada without a visa, also avoiding the presence of cartels in their home countries.

Experts suggest that migrants can purchase a $350 one-way plane ticket from Mexico City or Cancun to Montreal or Toronto. This route is perceived as offering a lower likelihood of being turned away compared to those crossing the southern border.

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