Deadliest terror attack in New York City since 9/11

WASHINGTON: An Uzbek man, inspired by the Islamic State, ploughed a pickup truck through a bike path in Manhattan, killing eight people and injuring at least a dozen in the deadliest terror attack in New York City since 9/11.

Say fullo Saipov, 29, was heard shouting “Allah-u-Akbar” during the rampage on Tuesday afternoon, witnesses said. He was shot in the abdomen by a police officer when he emerged from the truck after it collided with a school bus at 3.05 pm (1905 GMT ), blocks away from the 9/11 Memorial. He was walking in the middle of the street brandishing two weapons, which turned out to be paintball and pellet guns. Saipov was in police custody and being treated at a hospital.

“This was an act of terror and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at people going about their lives who had no idea what was about to hit them,” New York mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said, based on a preliminary investigations, this was a lone wolf attack carried out by the suspect acting alone. This was“one individual who meant to cause pain and harm and probably death and the resulting terror. That was the purpose.”

President Donald Trump tweeted about what was the first terror attack on the American mainland in his term, and in his hometown: “We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!”

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