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At least eight people are dead after a driver barreled into a bike path and crashed a rental pickup truck into a crowd in Lower Manhattan Tuesday afternoon, shouting “Allahu Akbar.”
Fox News reports that another 11 people were injured. The 29-year-old driver, possibly a Middle Eastern man with a beard, was shot by police and taken into custody.
Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident “an act of terror.”
The Islamic State has been encouraging its followers to mow down people, and England, France and Germany have all seen deadly vehicle attacks in recent months and years.
Police said the truck entered the bike path on West Street a few blocks from the new World Trade Center — the site of the deadliest terror attack in U.S. history — and plowed into several people. The driver jumped out of his rental truck carrying what turned out to be a paintball gun and a pellet gun.
The truck also slammed into a short yellow school bus, injuring two adults and two children.