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At least eight dead in Manhattan 'act of terror', says NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio


The incident took place near the West Side Highway and Chambers Street, which is near Battery Park City, police said. (AP)

The New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said that eight people were killed in a truck attack and shooting incident that occurred in a Lower Manhattan area in New York on Tuesday. Dozens more were injured.

“This was a particularly cowardly act of terror.” he said.

New York state governor Andrew Cuomo told media that there is no evidence to suggest wider plot or wider scheme.

The incident took place near the West Side Highway and Chambers Street, which is near Battery Park City, police said.

The truck attack was being treated as a terrorist attack, two U.S. government sources told Reuters.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the New York City police department in investigating the incident, the sources said.

Several people have been hit by a vehicle near Chambers Street at around the time of the reported shooting, and at least five people were hurt, news channel PIX 11 reported.

The NYPD commissioner, James O'Neill said that the driver was a 29-year-old male armed with paintball gun and pellet gun. He was shot in abdomen by a uniformed New York police officer

The attacks took place at around 3:00 PM local time (7:00 PM GMT). A municipal official told media that there NYPD said that the vehicle struck another vehicle then the suspect got out displaying imitation firearms and was shot by police.

Multiple people in the area reported on social media that they heard several gunshots. The Associated Press reported that police and witnesses say that the assailant drove onto a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial and struck several people, then emerged from the vehicle screaming and firing something that appeared to be a gun.

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