Manhattan: 8 dead after truck mows down civilians near World Trade Centre
A man in a pick up truck mowed down civilians after driving into a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Centre memorial in the Lower Manhattan area. At least 8 people were killed and 11 others injured in the incident.
The 29 year old driver was shot by the police after he jumped out of the vehicle. Officials said that the man was screaming and holding fake guns in both hands. Officials have termed the incident as an act of terrorism. the suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Witnesses said that the suspect was shouting Allahu Akbar following the incident.
The incident took place at a bike path on West Street, just a few blocks away from the World Trade Center. The truck according to the police also rammed into a school bus which left two children injured. The police said that they found a paintball and pellet gun at the site.
Speaking to reporters, Mayor Bill de Blasio described the incident as a "cowardly act of terror". "This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians," he said. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo described the incident as a "lone wolf" attack. He further added that there was not any evidence to suggest the incident was part of the larger plot. US President Donald Trump has been briefed about the attack.