Eight persons were killed and 12 injured after a truck ploughed into pedestrians in Lower Manhattan in New York on Tuesday, the Mayor said, calling the attack an “act of terror”. The suspect has been arrested.
Based on the information authorities had at the moment, the incident was “a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference, Xinhua news agency reported.
US President Donald Trump tweeted: “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.!”
“We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!” Trump said in another tweet.
“My thoughts, condolences and prayers to the victims and families of the New York City terrorist attack. God and your country are with you!” the President wrote on Twitter.
Speaking at the conference alongside with the mayor, New York City Police Commissioner James O’ Neil said the suspect was a 29-year-old man, who was not from New York. He said authorities would not release his identity immediately.
At 3.05 p.m., a man driving a rented Home Depot pickup truck entered the West Side Highway bicycle path at Houston Street, according to O’ Neil. He said the man began driving southbound, striking a number of pedestrians and bicyclists along the route.