Multiple people were chopped with a machete at a Jewish place of worship in upstate New York late Saturday night, a public affairs group said.
“At 9:50 this eve, a call came in about a mass attack… It’s the house of a Hasidic Rabbi. 5 patients with stab wounds, all Hasidic, were transported to local hospitals,” the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) tweeted.
Two people were reportedly in critical condition, OJPAC added.PlayCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time0:04Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00Fullscreen00:00Mute
CBS New York reported that a man brandishing a machete went into the rabbi’s property in Monsey, New York State, an area with a large Jewish population, during a Hanukkah celebration and knifed at least three people before fleeing.
Yossi Gestetner, a co-founder of the OJPAC for the Hudson Valley region, told the New York Times one of the victims was a son of the rabbi.
“The house had many dozens of people in there,” Gestetner said. “It was a Hanukkah celebration.”
Police in the US have been battling a rash of attacks against Jewish targets in recent years.
Saturday’s horrific attack follows a shooting earlier this month at a kosher deli in a New York suburb that authorities said was fueled in part by anti-Semitism.
Six people were killed in the Jersey City attack, including the two suspects.