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Truck Attack in Manhattan Kills 8 in ‘Act of Terror’

A truck drove the wrong way down the West Side Highway bike path for several blocks Tuesday afternoon, striking several people.

NEW YORK — Authorities found a note, written in English, claiming the suspect in Tuesday’s attack in New York did it in the name of ISIS, a senior law enforcement official told CNN.

The note was discovered in the truck police said was used in the attack, the source said.

Eight people were killed and almost a dozen others were injured when a man in a rented flatbed pickup drove down a busy bicycle path Tuesday near the World Trade Center, police said at a news conference.

“This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at people going about their lives who had no idea what was about to hit them.”

The 29-year-old suspect was identified by two law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov. He is from the central Asian nation of Uzbekistan and came to the United States in 2010, sources told CNN.

Here are the latest developments in the attack:

• The suspect, who was shot by police, is out of surgery, a law enforcement source told CNN. Officers were able to talk to him before the surgery, the source said. It is not known if he told them anything.

• Saipov most recently lived in New Jersey, a law enforcement source said. Neighbors said he did recently live in Paterson, not far from New York, at least part time.

• The man rented the truck in New Jersey on Tuesday, a person briefed on the investigation told CNN.

• President Donald Trump tweeted that the incident “looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person.” In a later tweet, he wrote, “My thoughts, condolences and prayers to the victims and families of the New York City terrorist attack. God and your country are with you!”

• Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Twitter that Argentine citizens were killed, but did not disclose how many had died. A Belgian national also was a victim of the attack, Didier Reynders, deputy prime minister and foreign affairs minister for Belgium, said on Twitter.

• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed One World Trade Center to be lit in red, white and blue in honor of freedom and democracy, his office said.

Rented truck used

The incident is being investigated as terrorism, officials said. Witnesses reported the suspect was yelling “Allahu Akbar,” according to four law enforcement sources. The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is taking over the lead of the investigation.

Vehicles have been used as weapons in a number of terrorist attacks in recent years, including in deadly incidents in London and Nice, France.

The suspect, driving in a Home Depot rental truck, hopped a curb at West Houston Street and drove south on the bike path on the west side of West Side Highway in lower Manhattan for several blocks, officials said.

After crashing the truck into a school bus, the suspect exited the vehicle while displaying imitation firearms and was shot in the abdomen by a police officer, according to the NYPD.

A pellet gun and a paintball gun were recovered from the scene, officials said.

How the New York City truck attack unfolded

Just after the incident, news footage showed several mangled bicycles on the popular bike path as medics tended to the wounded in the background.

Six people were declared dead at the scene and two were pronounced dead at the hospital. At lease 11 others were transported to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro.

A spokesman for Home Depot confirmed one of the company’s rental trucks was part of an incident in lower Manhattan and said the company is “cooperating with authorities” in the investigation.

The suspect had multiple interactions with law enforcement in several states, online records show. Saipov had traffic citations issued in Missouri and Pennsylvania. He was arrested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol in October 2016 after a warrant was issued when he failed to show in court for a misdemeanor offense.

Witness accounts

News footage showed crowds of spectators — some capturing the scene with cellphone cameras — gathered behind police lines. A white Home Depot truck with the front end smashed was also visible.

Eugene Duffy said he had just left work at Pier 26 and was waiting on the light to cross West Street when he heard a scream. He thought it might have been a Halloween prank but he said the scream was bloodcurdling.

“I look down and I see a white pickup truck a couple of more blocks down in the bike path,” he said. “Automatically, I know something’s wrong. Then, as I go down more toward where the girl is screaming, I see two gentlemen laying there and they have tire tracks marked across their bodies. You could tell they both weren’t here.”

He continued to walk closer to the scene. Gunshots rang out. He saw police officers ducking for cover. A yellow school bus was smashed nearby. Police descended on the area.

“I thought automatically, this area, I thought it was terrorism,” he said.

Michael Corbin, the assistant real estate manager for District Council 37, the city’s largest public employees union, was standing outside the union’s lower Manhattan offices attending to a woman who slipped and fell on the sidewalk.

“The first responder to the event was a counterterrorism officer,” he said. “We were attending to the victim, getting her onto a stretcher and, at that moment, we heard gunshots. I recalled hearing five gunshots in quick succession and immediately the officer … left to investigate the situation from the direction we heard the noise coming from.”

Another witness, Ramon Cruz, described what he saw.

“What I saw was that the driver — he didn’t look like he was bleeding,” said Cruz. “He was dragging his foot. He looks frustrated, panicked, confused. People are running past me, saying, ‘He’s got a gun. He’s got a gun.’ I didn’t see any gun.

“It was a white pickup truck. He looked pretty bad without bleeding or anything like that. I didn’t see him hit anybody. All I heard was the impact of a crash.”

Tuesday afternoon on Twitter, a user posted an image of a person lying on the ground near the scene of an incident near West & Chambers Streets in Manhattan.

Uzbekistan ties

Authorities are sure to look at whether the suspect visited Uzbekistan since he moved to the United States seven years ago, CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank said.

“There has been a significant problem with jihadism in Uzbekistan,” he said.

According to Cruickshank there are two large jihadi groups in the country. One of them is the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which is affiliated with ISIS.

In April, an Uzbek man was arrested after a truck attack killed five people in Stockholm.

 

This is a developing story. Check back for the latest information as it becomes available.

49 comments

  • Silverfish Imperetrix

    Chuck ‘Head Clown’ Schumer (D-NY) can take a bow for this atrocity. His Diversity Visa Lottery Program enabled the muslim savage to get into the U.S.

  • trucker

    So no one went to ask the judge that blocked the Presidents action for a comment if he feels responsible?
    Shocker!

  • warningfakenews

    I also think I have the GOP figured out.
    1. Talk a good game about rolling back the size of government, obamacare, and promise tax cuts.
    2. Watch as the funds roll in from people putting their faith in you.
    3. Always complain that you don’t have enough votes to do anything, no matter how many seats you win.
    4. Hope no one finds out that you’re really swamp creatures just like the democrats, all in favor of (very slightly) smaller government.
    5. Hope no one like Trump comes along and exposes your fraudulent butt.
    6. Oops! Too late.

    • El Ma

      The people who support neither party sit in the middle with their popcorn and lawn chair, and watch it all unfold.

    • Steve

      Do you know what a filibuster is? Go look it up and maybe then you’ll know how many votes it actually takes to pass legislation.

  • warningfakenews

    As I give it some thought, I think I’ve got the operation of the democrat party figured out.
    1. Find a minority group, preferably one that advocates violence in some form
    2. Support that group wholeheartedly, even if it’s a tiny minority
    3. Hope you find enough such groups that you can band them together and
    4. With the addition of vote fraud of all kinds- win elections.
    5. If all that fails, scream racism and incite violence.

    • warningfakenews

      A similar comment made about another guy on another thread. Are you folks kidding us? The dems will deliver the absentee ballots to these guys and be sure they count, probably 2 or 3 times. They haven’t been convicted of anything yet, and won’t be for some time. It’s part of the “get out the vote” effort! Even after they get convicted, the dems are pushing to have them vote and those votes to count. This is simply too large a part of their base to ignore!

  • Robert

    Countries that can’t identify their citizens should just send them to the USA. Not only will we take them we are good at that chit! We’ll vet them for you. Yea, he ran over 8 people so he’s a bad guy. NEXT! What? Travel ban? NO! That’s unconstitutional! Next contestant on, ARE YOU A TERRORIST common IN!

    • Welcome to America!

      Sayfullo common down! You are the next contestant on “Are You a TERRORIST”! Now Sayfullo do you embrace the constitution? NO. Will you kill Americans? YES. How many? SEVEN! Why only 7? Because guns are harder to get in N.Y. Well then Sayfullo we’re going to do an over or under here. Citizens that live in secure areas you have 24 hours to get your bets in. Will Sayfullo kill more or less that 7? Congratulations to Sayfullo, he exceeded his expectations! Sorry for those that took the under. Winners may deduct all capital gains related to this bet from their 2018 federal taxes!
      Lets bring in the next contestant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!……………. OMG

      • El Ma

        The conundrum with this is that people who really want to be accepting and open to Muslims are really being put to the test. We have people like this jackass who are answering the call to murder people that he doesn’t even know – someone that he killed just might have been a fellow Muslim, right? Anyhow, the stupid belief is that it is the Will of Allah whether people live or die, regardless of the followers’ interventions. Oh, the IED didn’t explode? It was as Allah willed it to be. Oh, over three thousand perished? It was the Will of Allah.

        Is it also the will of Allah that people live in fear and suspicion? Is it also the will of Allah that Muslims are encouraged to lie in order to either convert the “infidels” or kill them if they don’t convert to Islam? And, this is the god that is of good will and mercy? There are approximately 1.8 BILLION Muslims in this world with 10% of them dedicated to organizations like ISIS. That means 18 million (18,000,000) individuals that are willing to commit acts of violence across the globe.

        I’ve had it with trying to understand. If peaceful Muslim people don’t like the idea that they are prejudged because of their religion, then they need to do something about it. They need to take control of this outrageous culture of hatred, violence, and oppression and do something to change it.

      • Robert

        Yea, they come brainwashed. They only go threw a phase where they want freedom then when they get it can’t handle it. Then revert. I have a very simplistic concept that I would share. If we can marry their women, its all good. If not their the enemy! Don’t mean we have to kill them, just means they can’t live in America.

      • Steve

        Guns are not the most effective tool for mass killing. As comparison to the French Bastille day truck attack shows, this terrorist just didn’t use his chosen non-firearm method anywhere near as effectively as it can be used. The single largest mass murder in modern American history not using an explosive device or air planes as with 9/11 is still the happy land club fire which killed 87. OK City is the largest if explosives are included and it was carried out with fertilizer and a rental truck. Guns are just the choice of mass murderers who lack the imagination to use any of the other more effective methods.

  • stewie

    MUSLIM! NOT RADICAL ISLAMIST! MUSLIM! A MURDEROUS, BOMB HAPPY PLANE HIJACKING MUSLIM! THATS ALL HE NEEDS TO BE CALLED!

  • JP

    Build the wall and kick these f’rs out. Cops should of put one right between the eyes. Save the tax payers dollars.

  • Mike

    Again, MSM is trying to protect third-world barbarians using watered-down language. “Act of terror.” “Violent incident.” Watch George Carlin’s bit on euphemisms and you’ll understand what I mean. This is radical Islamic terrorism. Say it with me: Radical. Islamic. Terrorism. These are hardcore seventh-century Muslim savages killing in the name of their god. Call a spade a spade. No need to speak softly.

  • PEATER MOSS

    With all the fire power of all the New Yorkers that carry, I’m surprised that no shots were fired during all of this.

  • les

    Keep pushing Trump’s buttons, radical Islam sympathizers. He’ll round all of you up and incarcerate your arses in concentration camps.

  • Bills wife aka the failed presidential race runner

    We must ban all pick up trucks ex specially those with Home Depot decals! What’s next ? Is someone gonna go to a all time “Lowes” delivery truck?

    • Trump Is Circling The Drain

      You Trump lovers are hilarious, with your idiotic conspiracy theories and your inability to express yourselves in English. Please report to the Kremlin immediately!

      • Steve

        OCD medication can help with your tendency to blurt out ” TRUMP” bla bla bla bla for no apparent reason. Trump derangement syndrome is a serious condition. You need to seek professional help asap.

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