Evangelist Franklin Graham responded to explosions in New York City and New Jersey and a stabbing incident at a Minnesota mall, saying the next president “needs to be someone who is tough on terrorism.” Meanwhile, another explosion was reported in New Jersey early Monday even as authorities were interrogating five people in New York and Islamic State claimed responsibility for the mall attack.

“One thing is for sure – our next president needs to be someone who is tough on terrorism,” Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, wrote in a Facebook post Sunday, hours before another device exploded while a bomb squad robot was examining a suspicious package near an Elizabeth transit station, N.J.

“A pipe bomb exploding in New Jersey, a multiple stabbing in a shopping mall in Minnesota, and a major explosion and a possible second pressure-cooker bomb planted in Manhattan – all within 24 hours here in the United States,” Graham pointed out, urging his followers to join him in “praying for the injured and for the families of victims” and “for law enforcement as they try to find those guilty of being involved in these atrocities and as they continue to serve to protect us.”

The explosive device that exploded early Monday contained as many as five devices, a spokesperson for Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage said, according to NBC News, which quoted him as saying, “Based on the loudness, I think people could have been severely hurt or injured if they had been in the vicinity.”

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