A man allegedly inspired by the ISIS ploughed a pickup truck down a crowded bike path, killing at least eight people and injuring 11 other in what is being described as the deadliest terrorist attack on the New York City since September 11, 2001.
The incident took place along the normally gridlocked West Side Highway, a major thoroughfare that runs along the western edge of Manhattan by the Hudson River. Manhattan is the most densely populated borough of the New York City.
Police said the truck drove south after entering a pedestrian and bicycle path, where it struck multiple people.
After smashing the truck into the school bus, injuring two adults and two children, the suspect exited the truck displaying “imitation firearms” and was shot by police, according to the New York police department (NYPD).
The truck driver shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ after getting out of the vehicle, New York Post reported.
A note in English was found in the truck that referred to so-called Islamic State, reports said. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said the incident was being treated as an act of terror, “a particularly cowardly act of terror”.
The department is closely monitoring the situation and working with federal, state and local partners in responding to and investigating this tragedy.
“We are referring all questions about the investigation to the FBI and the New York Police Department,” the statement said.
New York has been largely spared from terrorism since nearly 3,000 people were killed in the September 11, 2001, attacks.