Following what authorities are describing as an apparent terrorist attack, eight people are dead and 11 are seriously injured in New York City, after a rented Home Depot flatbed pickup truck drove down a busy bike path near the World Trade Center.
The attack, reportedly, was carried out in the name of ISIS, and many of the victims were cyclists.
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Vehicle attacks have become something of a trend in recent years, with Britain, France and Germany all having seen similar atrocities. The Oct. 31 attack happened when the 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov drove his flatbed pickup on to the bike path near Clarkson Street in Lower Manhattan, continuing south to Chambers Street, not far from the World Trade Center. Stopping only once, the truck hit a school bus. Saipov reportedly emerged from the vehicle, shouting, and brandished weapons in the air. He was shot by police and taken into custody, where he remains.
Witnesses described a terrible scene in the wake of the bike-path attack. Bikes, reportedly, were strewn all along the route, many of them mangled and twisted. Many of the casualties were from abroad, including five from Argentina and another from Belgium.
On Tuesday afternoon, New York City’s mayor was quick to condemn the bike-path attack.
“This was an act of terror,” said mayor Bill de Blasio, “and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at people going about their lives with no idea what was about to hit them.”