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NYC Officials: Terror Act Leaves 8 Dead, 15 Injured

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New York authorities said Tuesday that eight people died and about 15 injured when a 29-year old Uzberk man, Seyfullo Habibullaevic drove a Home Depot rental truck into group of bicyclists and pedestrians in lower Manhattan, NY in an act of terrorism.



According to officials, Habibullaevic drove down the wrong way of a bicycle path along West Side Highway, hitting cyclists and pedestrians. He then drove into a Stuyvesant High School bus injuring four people including two children.

Seyfullo Habibullaevic who came to the U.S. in 2010 using visa lottery exited his Home Depot rental truck brandishing two weapons later identified as a paintball gun and a pallet gun as he ran down the street.

He was confronted by a uniformed New York Police Department (NYPD) officer who shot him in the abdomen. He was later transported in an ambulance to a New York area hospital.






“This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror, aimed at innocent civilians,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a press conference Tuesday evening.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and NYPD are investigating the incident as terrorism.

New York terrorism

NYPD commissioner James P. O’Neill said the suspect made a statement that was “consistent” with a terror attack but declined to confirm reports the suspect had yelled “Allahu Akbar” upon exiting the vehicle.

“This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror, aimed at innocent civilians,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a press conference Tuesday evening.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed during the press conference that while there was “no evidence to suggest a wider plot or a wider scheme,” NYPD planned to increase its presence throughout the city “out of an abundance of caution.”






Eye witnesses confirmed hearing gun shots moments after the suspect crashed into the school bus. John Williams, a 22-year-old Brooklyn College student told the media he arrived at the scene only moments after the incident and heard five “very fast” gunshots.

“I heard people yelling, ‘He’s got a gun! He’s got a gun!’” said Williams. “The front was mashed in. And there was smoke coming out of it.”

Michael Okhravi, 29, a worker at Stuyvesant High School said he was outside the school when he heard gun shots. He called Uber in an attempt to flee the area and that was when he said he saw the bodies of the victims.




“As I was stuck in traffic there were multiple bodies not just in one area by the high school, but even all the way up to Watts St.,” Okhravi told the media “It was just body after body.”

New York terrorism

New York terrorism

 

 

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