Multiple people have been stabbed at a synagogue in New York while celebrating Hanukkah, Jewish organisations are reporting.
Officers received reports of a stabbing just before 10pm at a residence in Monsey, which is around an hour north of New York City, Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel said.
He added that five people were taken to hospitals for treatment, but it is unclear what the extent of their injuries are or a motive in the stabbing.
The officer later confirmed a suspect had been arrested while a vehicle of interest had been located.
The incident is said to have taken place at the house of a Hasidic rabbi while they were celebrating the Jewish festival Hanukkah, according to the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) for the Hudson Valley region.
Photos and videos posted on social media show a large emergency response with paramedics running and pushing stretchers.
A number of police and emergency vehicles can be seen in the images.
The NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau said it is “closely monitoring the reports of multiple people stabbed at a synagogue” in Rockland County, New York.
New York State Attorney General Leticia James said: “I am deeply disturbed by the situation unfolding in Monsey, New York tonight.”
She continued: “There is zero tolerance for acts of hate of any kind and we will continue to monitor this horrific situation.
“I stand with the Jewish community tonight and every night.”
The Anti-Defamation League of New York and New Jersey said it is also aware of reports and is on the way to the scene in Monsey.
The OJPAC also reported on Twitter that one of the victims was stabbed at least six times and the victim with the least severe case “had a cut in his hand”.
It added that two of the victims taken to hospital are in a critical condition, and that the attacker fled in a grey Nissan Sentra.
An OJPAC official, Yossi Gestetner, told The New York Times that the attack happened during a Hanukkah celebration that was being attended by dozens of people at the rabbi’s home.
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