BREAKING: Mass Stabbing At Hanukkah Celebration In New York

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Per the NY Times, an intruder with a large knife burst into the home of a Hasidic rabbi in a New York suburb on Saturday, stabbing and wounding five people just as they were gathering to light candles for Hanukkah, officials and a witness said.

It was a terrifying scene, the officials and witness reported, saying that the violence occurred at about 10 p.m. as numerous people were celebrating Hanukkah at the home of the rabbi, Chaim Rottenberg, in Monsey, which is in an area with a large population of ultra-Orthodox Jews.

“I was praying for my life,” said Aron Kohn, 65, who said he was in the rabbi’s home at the time. “He started attacking people right away as soon as he came in the door. We didn’t have time to react at all.”

NPR reports a man attacked Hanukkah celebrants who had gathered at the home of a Hasidic rabbi in a New York City suburb on Saturday, stabbing and wounding five people before fleeing the scene.

The suspect was later apprehended in New York City, officials said.

Five patients with stab wounds, all of them Hasidic Jews, were taken to local hospitals, according to the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council for the Hudson Valley region. The group said two of them were in critical condition.

The attack took place at the home of a rabbi in Monsey, N.Y., located about 30 miles north of New York City. The area has a large population of ultra-Orthodox Jews.

“I was praying for my life,” witness Aron Kohn told The New York Times. “He started attacking people right away as soon as he came in the door. We didn’t have time to react at all.” Kohn told the Times the knife was the size of a broomstick. He said the attacker then tried to enter the synagogue next door, but people inside had locked the door.

Police said the suspect fled the scene but was taken into custody, the paper reported. Michael Specht, the town supervisor of Ramapo, which includes Monsey, said on Twitter that the suspect was apprehended in New York City.