8 Killed in New York terror attack

The Truck that was used in the attack PHOTO COURTESY

Manhattan,NEW YORK:8 people have been confirmed dead in a terror attack near the World trade centre in New York .

AFP reported that the incident happened when a man drove a pickup truck into a bicycle parking lane  striking pedestrians, cyclists and a school bus.

The attack which left more than 11 injured happened just a few meters from the September 11th 2001 attack memorial.

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

Reports indicate that the suspect is an Uzbekistan national  who has been living in the US since 2010 while working as an Uber driver in New York identified as Sayfullo Saipov.

CNN reported that the suspect was shot by police in the abdomen  before he was wheeled in for a surgery which he is expected to survive.

Reports also indicate that a pellet gun,paintball gun and a note written in  Arabic from ISIS claiming responsibility  for the attack was found in the rented track according to New York times.

The Argentinian foreign affairs ministry confirmed that 5 Argentinian nationals who were on holiday in Manhattan were among those who were killed in the attack.

US president Donald Trump condemned the attack via twitter saying.

We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!”