A 6-year-old boy was killed in an anti-Muslim attack in Illinois, authorities say

A 6-year-old boy was killed and a 32-year-old woman seriously injured in a hate crime attack in Illinois, with the suspect linked to their Islamic faith and tensions related to the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Attack timeline: The attack occurred in a residence in Plainfield Township, outside of Chicago.
* Both victims were found with multiple stab wounds. The woman, who suffered over a dozen stab wounds, is expected to survive. The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital.
* Joseph M. Czuba, a 71-year-old man, has been identified as the suspect and was found with a cut on his forehead.
* The victims were a mother and son who had been renting a floor from Czuba for two years.

Motivation and aftermath: The hate crime was motivated by the victims’ Muslim faith and the ongoing Middle East conflict.
* The Council on American-Islamic Relations stated that the suspect attacked the woman, declaring, “you Muslims must die!” and then fatally stabbed her son.
* Charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, two counts of a hate crime, and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, Czuba is held at the Will County Adult Detention Facility.

Context of attack: This incident comes days after FBI warned of increasing terror threats in the U.S. linked to the Israel-Hamas war.
* The warning underlined an increase in reported threats and potential lone actors drawing inspiration from the Israel-Hamas conflict to commit violent acts.

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