‘You can't stop New York, terror will not overcome us,’ Americans tell terrorists
New York, Nov 1: It was a usual afternoon for New Yorkers on Tuesday. However, everyone got a jolt after a terrorist in a pickup truck plowed through a bike path in the city, leaving eight dead and several injured.
The ghastly episode called an "act of terror" by Mayor Bill de Blasio brought back the memories of September 11, 2001 terror attacks which killed at least 3,000 people in New York and other parts of the United States.
The alleged perpetrator of Tuesday's terror attack is Sayfullo Saipov, 29, of Tampa, Florida, a law enforcement official told The Daily Beast. Saipov reportedly immigrated to the US from Uzbekistan in 2010.
A law enforcement official told The Daily Beast a witness saw Saipov exit the truck and shout, "Allahu Akbar" or "God is great", in Arabic.
Law enforcement recovered a note near the truck "that indicated allegiance to ISIS," the New York Times reported. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said "there is no evidence to suggest a wider plot or a wider scheme."
In this difficult period, the New Yorkers decided to stand united and condemn the inhumane act. Several New Yorkers and rest of Americans took to Twitter to express their anguish and grief over the death of so many innocent lives.
One message was clear in all these tweets, Americans are not going to surrender in front of terror and violence.
"New York's resilience is stronger than a cowardly act of terror. Thinking of the victims, their families, & the responders who saved lives," tweeted Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State.
New York's resilience is stronger than a cowardly act of terror. Thinking of the victims, their families, & the responders who saved lives.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 1, 2017
"My thoughts, condolences and prayers to the victims and families of the New York City terrorist attack. God and your country are with you!" tweeted President Donald Trump.
My thoughts, condolences and prayers to the victims and families of the New York City terrorist attack. God and your country are with you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2017
These tweets echoed the collective voice of Americans after the terror attack.
"You can't stop New York City. Terror will not overcome us. Fear is not in our vocabulary. We are #NYCStrong," tweeted @RedTRaccoon
New York, we love you. Grateful to first responders who saved lives today. Jill and I are keeping you all in our prayers.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 1, 2017
Prayers to the victims and families of the New York City terrorist attack. God Bless. Evil will not prevail . 🇺🇸— Omar Navarro (@RealOmarNavarro) November 1, 2017
The resilience shown by New York is just amazing.👏 This show unity has the capacity to defeat any of the cowardly terror acts. #NYCStrong— Manish Shaarma (@Manishshaarma) November 1, 2017