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Manhattan attack: Terror attack in New York: What we know so far

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A man in a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path in New York city’s lower Manhattan neighborhood on Tuesday evening, killing eight people and wounding at least 12 others.

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The 29-year-old suspect was shot by police in the abdomen and arrested after he crashed the truck into a school bus and fled his vehicle. He underwent surgery and is said to be in critical condition, but authorities say he’s expected to survive.

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Multiple media outlets reported that the suspect shouted “Allahu Akbar” – Arabic for “God is greatest” – when he jumped out of his truck brandishing two fake guns in his hands.

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Investigators have reportedly found a note left by the suspect in the truck, claiming he carried out the attack in the name of the Islamic State terror group.

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An official briefed on the incident told the Associated Pres that the suspect is Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbekistan-born immigrant who came to the US in 2010. He added that Saipov rented the truck in his name an hour before the attack.

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President Donald Trump called the deadly truck rampage “another attack by a very sick and deranged person” and ordered the Department of Homeland Security “to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program” of travelers coming to the US.

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New York city Mayor Bill de Blasio dubbed it a “cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians”, while New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said it a “lone wolf” attack and that there was no evidence to suggest it was part of a wider plot.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) joined the New York City Police Department and other agencies in a Joint Terrorism Task Force to conduct a probe of the attack.

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Tuesday’s assault took place on the far west side of lower Manhattan, just a few blocks from the site of the World Trade Center, where suicide hijackers crashed airplanes into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, killing more than 2,600 people.

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Despite the attack, thousands of costumed Halloween revelers turned out hours later for New York City’s main Halloween parade, which went on as scheduled Tuesday night, only a few blocks from the scene of the carnage, with a heightened police presence.

(With inputs from Reuters and AP)

Updated: November 1, 2017 — 8:08 am

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