New York attacker screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’ before driving truck into pedestrians
New York: A driver in a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists on a motorcycle path alongside the Hudson River in New York Metropolis on Tuesday, killing eight individuals and injuring a couple of dozen others in what authorities stated was an act of terrorism.
As per media stories, the investigators have discovered a handwritten be aware wherein the attacker is alleged to have declared his allegiance to the Islamic State.
The suspect had been dwelling in Paterson, New Jersey, earlier than the assault, and rented the car in that state earlier than driving it into Manhattan, officers stated.
The 29-year-old suspect in Tuesday’s assault was shot within the stomach by police and brought into custody after he crashed the truck into a faculty bus and fled his car, New York Metropolis Police Commissioner James O’Neill advised a information convention.
Whereas a supply aware of the investigation recognized him as Sayfullo Saipov, O’Neill stated police have been declining to publicly determine the driving force.
The supply wouldn’t verify a CNN report that police consider the suspect is from Uzbekistan and entered america in 2010.
Requested on the information convention about stories that the driving force shouted “Allahu Akbar” – Arabic for “God is best” – O`Neill stated a remark by the suspect when he exited his truck and the final circumstances of the assault led investigators to label the incident a “terrorist occasion.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo stated the suspect appeared to have acted alone.
“There isn’t any proof to counsel a wider plot or a wider scheme. These are the actions of 1 particular person meant to trigger ache and hurt and doubtless demise,” Cuomo stated on the information convention.
The driving force entered the bike path in decrease Manhattan at three:05 p.m., O’Neill stated, including that he was armed with a paint-ball gun and a pellet gun. The suspect was driving a rented pickup from the Dwelling Depot chain, however declined to say the place the truck was rented.
Two youngsters and two adults have been injured when the truck plowed into the varsity bus, he stated.
Of the eight individuals killed, six have been pronounced lifeless on the scene and two extra have been pronounced lifeless at a close-by hospital, O’Neill stated.