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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Lauren Victoria Burke
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for NBCNews.com and TheRoot.com Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: LBurke007@gmail.com. Instagram: LVB325.