Terror attack in New York, eight dead

As many as eight people lost their lives in a second terror attack that took place in New York near 9/11 site. The incident took place as a man wielding a truck as a weapon on Tuesday ploughed through bicyclists and pedestrians on a street near the site of the 9/11 attack killing eight persons.

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio declared: “This was an act of terror, particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians.”

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An Uzbek immigrant, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who drove the rented truck, was shot and captured alive by police and is in hospital after the attack that also left 11 others injured.

Police Commissioner James O’Neil said that one of the indications of a terror link was “a statement when he exited the vehicle”. Witnesses said Saipov shouted “Allahu Akbar”.

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Police reported finding notes left by the alleged attacker vowing allegiance to the Islamic State (IS). This was the first major foreign-inspired terrorist attack in the US after President Donald Trump took over with a vow to stamp out terrorism.

Five tourists killed were from Argentina and another person who died was from Belgium. After the van hit a school bus, Saipov came out of it waving what appeared to be two weapons, which turned out to be a paintball gun and a pellet gun, police said.

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