Eight persons were killed and several others were injured after a truck ploughed into pedestrians near the site of the World Trade Center memorial in Manhattan, New York on Tuesday. The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, an Uzbek national who came to the US in 2010, has been arrested.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference, “Based on the information we have at this moment, this was an act of terror and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians.”
Unconfirmed pro-ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) social media sites claim responsibility for the attack.
Twitter users took to the micro-blogging site to condemn the incident and express their fury. Former US presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton also expressed solidarity with the victims.