UPDATE #2 The suspect in Tuesday’s terrorist attack in #Manhattan has been identified as #SayfulloSaipov, 29, a native of #Uzbekistan, believed pto be living in Ohio. Police say the suspect has New Jersey and Florida ties.
UPDATE: NYC Mayor declares Lower Manhattan attack that killed at least 8 an act of terrorism.
October 31, 2017 The New York Police Department has confirmed that officers responded to reports of a truck striking several people on a bike path in Lower Manhattan Tuesday afternoon. Several people are dead and one suspect is custody.
New York City officials say the incident, which took place at West Street and Chambers Street at 3:05 p.m. was deliberate and a possible act of terrorism. Witnesses say the suspect shouted “Allahu Akbar.”
The Associated Press reports that least six people were killed and at least 15 people were struck by a rented van near the World Trade Center in New York City.
The New York City Police Department said in a statement via Twitter there are “several fatalities and numerous people injured” after a motorist drove onto a busy bicycle path and struck several people, then emerged from the vehicle screaming and firing something that appeared to be a gun. The suspect got out of the vehicle displaying imitation firearms and was shot by police officers.
Residents were asked to avoid the area and to expect many emergency personnel in the area. Nearby Stuyvesant High School was on lockdown as a precaution.
In the last two years, the Islamic State or ISIS has released several videos threatening to attack American cities in retaliation for the U.S. intervention in Syria. In November, 2016, ISIS specifically called on followers to weaponize vehicles and kill “infidels” gathered in outdoor spaces throughout the West. In May, 2017, a vehicle plowed onto a busy sidewalk in Manhattan’s Times Square killing one person and injuring 19 others.
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Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."