US President Barack Obama has urged US citizens not to succumb to fear after attacks over last few days in New York, New Jersey and Minnesot.
He made a brief statement to the press from a hotel in New York where he is attending the 71st session of the UN General Assembly.
"At moments like this, I think it's important to remember what terrorists and violent extremists are trying to do. They are trying to hurt innocent people, but they also want to inspire fear in all of us," Obama said.
"We all have a role to play as citizens in making sure that we don't succumb to that fear," he added.
Obama felt that "neither individuals nor organisations like IS (Islamic State) can ultimately undermine our way of life," and this is exactly the "kind of strength that is going to be absolutely critical not just in the days to come but in the years to come."
"By showing those who want to do us harm that they will never beat us" will be "the most important ingredient in us defeating those who would carry our terrorist acts against us," he added.
While the president was speaking, US authorities confirmed detention of the suspect sought by police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for possibly detonating several explosive devices in New Jersey and New York.