New York truck attacker kills eight

At least eight people have been killed and 11 seriously hurt in New York after the driver of a truck mowed down people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan.

At least eight people have been killed and 11 seriously hurt in New York after the driver of a truck mowed down people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan.

A 29-year-old man who emerged from the white pick-up truck was shot by a police officer and arrested.

US media named him as Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant who came to the US in 2010 and had apparently settled in Florida.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was “cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians”.

He added: “We know that this action was intended to break our spirit. But we also know that New Yorkers are strong, New Yorkers are resilient and our spirit will never be moved by an act of violence and an act meant to intimidate us.”

President Donald Trump tweeted: “My thoughts, condolences and prayers to the victims and families of the New York City terrorist attack. God and your country are with you!”

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New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner James O’Neill said the injured had “serious but non-life threatening injuries”.

He described what had occurred, based on the latest information he had received:

  • Shortly after 15:00 local time (19:00 GMT), a vehicle rented from retailer Home Depot struck cyclists and pedestrians while being driven along the West St-Houston St path for many blocks
  • The vehicle then hit a school bus, injuring two adults and two children on board, and came to a halt
  • The driver emerged holding what appeared to be two handguns and made a statement “consistent with a terror attack”
  • He was shot in the abdomen by a police officer stationed near the scene
  • A paintball gun and a pellet gun were recovered from the scene

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