Obama warns Americans must not 'succumb to fear'

Commuters pass heavily armed New York City policemen at Penn Station on September 19, 2016 in New York City. Police and military presence was heavy following weekend bomb explosions in New York City and New Jersey. Meanwhile, some 200 world leaders a
Commuters pass heavily armed New York City policemen at Penn Station on September 19, 2016 in New York City. Police and military presence was heavy following weekend bomb explosions in New York City and New Jersey. Meanwhile, some 200 world leaders are arriving to New York City for this week's United Nations General Assembly. PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - President Barack Obama on Monday called on Americans "not to succumb to fear" after bomb attacks in New York and New Jersey and a mass stabbing incident in Minnesota over the weekend.

"Even as we have to be vigilant and aggressive both in preventing senseless acts of violence but also making sure that we find those who carry out such acts and bring them to justice, we all have a role to play as citizens in making sure that we don't succumb to that fear," he said.

Obama stressed that investigators at this point saw "no connection" between the incidents on the East Coast and the Minnesota stabbing.