Eight dead as truck ploughs into New York crowd

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At least eight people in New York City have been killed and 11 injured after a driver ploughed into cyclists and pedestrians before being shot by police, according to US officials.

Police said a 29-year-old male driver of a rented pick-up truck entered a busy bicycle path on the West Side of Lower Manhattan shortly 3.05pm (19:05 GMT), striking a number of people along the route.

The truck then crashed with a school bus, injuring at least two children and two adults.

After the collision, the driver exited the vehicle brandishing two imitation guns, at which point he was shot by a police officer.

The suspect was wounded in the abdomen and transferred to a local hospital, James O’Neill, police commissioner, told the same press conference.

A paintball gun and a pellet gun were recovered from the scene. There was no information about the suspect’s motive.

Police in New York said they were going to deploy extra officers around the city “out of an abundance of caution”.

US President Donald Trump was briefed about the incident, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary, said in a statement.

Even though police said the investigation was still pending and there was no claim of responsibility, Trump later tweeted that the US “must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere”, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant armed group, also known as ISIL.

 

 

 

 

Source:  News agencies