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8 dead in New York City truck terror attack

Eight people were killed in New York on Tuesday after a truck entered a bike path in lower Manhattan and drove over cyclists and pedestrians. Eleven others were seriously injured.

Belgium and Argentina have confirmed that their citizens are among the fatalities.

The suspect has been identified as Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old male Uzbekistan national, who had a paintball gun and a pellet gun.

Law enforcement officials have told reporters that as the suspect got out of the truck, he was heard yelling “Allahu Akbar”, the Arabic phrase for “God is great”.

The suspect was shot by police, but survived and was taken to a hospital.

Police authorities are considering it a terrorist incident.

The attack occurred a few blocks from the new World Trade Center building at the site of the 9/11 terrorist attack in 2001.

Law enforcement officials have told reporters that as the suspect got out of the truck, he was heard yelling “Allahu Akbar”, the Arabic phrase for “God is great”.

Governor Andrew Cuomo called it a “lone wolf” attack, and authorities have said there is no ongoing threat or evidence of a wider plot.

Donald Trump tweeted: “We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!” He later tweeted “thoughts, condolences and prayers”.

New York officials have not released details of any possible motive, and other elected officials have not referenced Isis in their public statements.

The incident happened near Stuyvesant high school, a prestigious Manhattan public school.
The vehicle also hit a school bus, injuring two adults and two children.

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