Terrorist Attack on the West Side of Manhattan Puts City on Edge

Terrorist Attack on the West Side of Manhattan Puts City on Edge


Eight dead in lower Manhattan. In what New York Mayor Bill de Blasio defined as a “cowardly terrorist attack”, a terrorist act once again near the World Trade Center, has apparently occurred in New York City once again. This time claiming the lives of at least eight people. 

“Let me be clear, this was an act of terrorism, a particularly cowardly act of terrorism aimed at innocent civilians,” the Mayor said speaking at an afternoon press conference.

Officials said the suspect, a 29-year-old man named Sayfullo Saipov, crashed into a number of cyclists using a bike lane with a Home Depot rental truck.  The incident happened at Chambers Street near the site of where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once stood before they were destroyed by terrorists on September 11, 2001.

The attack is yet another reminder of “lone wolf” terrorists being able to cause havoc in an open society.  The traditional Halloween parade went on as planned in lower Manhattan despite the attack.

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