A deadly attack today in Manhattan, near the World Trade Center, left eight people dead in what officials are calling a “act of terror.”
CNN reports that a man driving a rental truck drove down a busy bike path, killing eight people and injuring about a dozen others.
“After crashing the truck into a school bus, the suspect exited the vehicle while displaying imitation firearms and was shot in the abdomen by police, according to the NYPD,” CNN reports. “The suspect, a 29-year-old man, is in police custody and was taken to a hospital for treatment, officials said.”
Officials said the incident is being investigated as terrorism.
“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,” CNN reports.
The report adds: “The statements made by the driver moments after leaving the truck and the method of the attack were consistent with other terrorist attacks, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill said. Vehicles have been used as weapons in a number of terrorist attacks in recent years, including in deadly incidents in Nice, France, and London.”