At least eight people were killed and nearly dozen injured after a man, allegedly ‘inspired’ by ISIS, drove into a crowded bike path in New York last night. The suspect, believed to be a 29-year-old Uzbek national, was shot in the stomach before being arrested.
US President Donald Trump has strongly denounced the attack, which is being described as the deadliest terrorist attack on the New York City since September 11, 2001.
The attacker is been identified as Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant who came to the US in 2010, according to the US local press.
The incident took place along the normally gridlocked West Side Highway, a major thoroughfare that runs along the western edge of Manhattan by the Hudson River. Manhattan is the most densely populated area of the New York City.
As per the initial probe, the truck drove over a pedestrian and bicycle path, where it struck multiple people. Six men were pronounced dead at the scene on the cycle lane and two other people were dead on arrival at the hospital.
After smashing the truck into the school bus, injuring two adults and two children, the suspect exited the truck displaying “imitation firearms” and was shot by police, according to the New York police department (NYPD).
The truck driver shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ after getting out of the vehicle, New York Post reported. A note in English was also found in the truck that referred to so-called Islamic State, reports said.
US President Donald Trump denounced the attack, saying “we must not allow ISIS to return”.
“In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!” Trump tweeted, adding “We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!” in the following tweet.
The US Justice Department said in a statement that a joint terrorism task force that included the FBI, the NYPD and others was investigating the attack.
Several world leaders have condemned the attack. Sharing his views Prime Minister Modi tweeted, “Strongly condemn the terror attack in New York City. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with those injured”.
New York has been largely spared from terrorism since nearly 3,000 people were killed in the September 11, 2001, attacks.
The most recent violence from terrorism there came in September 2016, when a man set off shrapnel-packed explosives in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan. Nobody was killed, but 30 people were injured.
(With inputs from Agencies)