President Donald Trump ordered extreme vetting for foreign nationals coming in to the US after eight people were killed in Manhattan when a gunman in a truck rammed into cyclists in a busy bike path. About 11 people were injured in the attack.
I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017
The US called the attack an act of terror but also said there was no evidence to suggest there’s a wider threat or plot, warning that people will still see more security forces out of caution.
The gunman and attacker, suspected to be an Uzbek national, was shot in the stomach before being arrested.
Last week Trump administration had announced that it would resume accepting refugees after a 120-day ban, though arrivals from 11 “high-risk” countries, most of them home to Muslim majorities, will still be blocked.
This is the first terror attack in New York since the deadly September 11, 2001 when the twin towers were brought down by Al Qaeda.
Trump also condoled the victims and their families. He also tweeted to say, “We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!”
(With inputs from agencies)