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ISIS-inspired man mows down eight in New York

New York: An Uzbek man shouting 'God is great' ploughed a pickup truck down a crowded bike path near the World Trade Centre here on Wednesday, killing at least eight persons and injuring 11 others in an ISIS-inspired plot termed as the deadliest terrorist attack on the city since 9/11.

The 29-year-old suspect was shot in the stomach by a police officer before being arrested. The media named the Uzbek man as Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant who came to the US in 2010.
The incident took place along the customarily gridlocked West Side Highway, a major thoroughfare that runs along the western edge of Manhattan by the Hudson River as Americans celebrated Halloween. Manhattan is the most densely populated borough of the New York City.
The attacker left nearly a half km crime scene -- a tree-lined bike path strewn with mangled bicycles and their parts.
Police said the truck drove south after entering a pedestrian and bicycle path, where it struck multiple people.
Six men were pronounced dead at the scene on the cycle lane, and two other people were dead on arrival at the hospital.
The victims included five Argentinians and a Belgian citizen.
After smashing the truck into a school bus, injuring two adults and two children, the suspect exited the truck displaying "imitation firearms" and was shot by police, according to the New York Police Department (NYPD).
A pellet gun and a paintball gun were recovered from the scene, officials said.
At least 11 people were transported to the hospital with severe but non-life-threatening injuries, according to New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro.
Authorities said the suspect was hospitalised, underwent surgery and was expected to survive.
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said the incident was being treated as an act of terror, "a particularly cowardly act of terror".
US President Donald Trump denounced the attack, saying "we must not allow ISIS to return".
Trump also said he had ordered more robust "extreme vetting" of travellers coming into the US.

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