Eight Dead in Terror Attack After Truck Mows Down Pedestrians on a Cycle Path Just Seven Blocks From Ground Zero Before Being Shot by Police
October 31, 2017
Eight people are dead and 11 people are in hospital in serious but non life-threatening condition. After crashing his truck into a school bus, suspect waved imitation firearms and screamed Allahu Akbar.
Eight people are dead and 11 have been injured after a truck mounted a bicycle path in lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon, mowing down cyclists and runners while shouting 'Allahu Akbar'.
The 29-year-old driver, named as Sayfull Saipov, mounted the bicycle path at Houston Street at 3.05pm and drove 17 blocks downtown, knocking down victims before coming to a stop at Chambers Street where he eventually crashed in to a school bus.
There were children inside the school bus at the time. They are among the injured people now in hospital.
The terrorist then emerged from his rented truck waving a paintball gun in one hand and a pellet gun in the other.
He was shot in the stomach by an on-duty NYPD officer who was at the scene and is now in hospital under police supervision.
Police will not release the man's name but say he committed the atrocity in a 'cowardly' act of terror.
At a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio said it was a 'painful day' for the city.
The proximity of the attack site to Ground Zero was a painful reminder of the day, he said.
'Based on the information we have, this was an act of terror and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians, people going about their lives.'
He was joined by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who prayed for those killed.
'It reminds us all how precious life is. They left the house the morning, they were enjoying the beautiful west side of Manhattan on a beautiful fall day and now they will not be returning home.
'That shock and that pain is going to be very real,' he said.
NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill confirmed the driver's movements. He would not release his identity or nationality, saying it was too early in the investigation to share such details.
President Trump acknowledged the attack on Twitter, describing the perpetrator as a 'sick' individual.
'In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!' he said.
First Lady Melania Trump, who was in Manhattan when the attack occurred, said: 'My heart breaks for NYC today.
'Thoughts & prayers as we monitor the situation.'
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