World leaders condemn New York truck attack

Law enforcement personnel examine the scene on Wednesday after a driver mowed down people on a riverfront bike path near the World Trade Center on Tuesday in New York City. (AP Photo)

As world leaders condemned the Manhattan truck attack, FBI agents emerged from a Paterson, New Jersey, apartment building with a black plastic bag on Wednesday morning. They put the bag in a vehicle, then went back into the cordoned off area where the truck driver lives.

On Tuesday, a man in a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path in lower Manhattan, near the World Trade Center, killing eight people.

The Uzbek immigrant who was the truck driver was wounded by police.

A law enforcement official says investigators are trying to talk to the 29-year-old suspect. The official was not authorised to speak publicly on the ongoing probe and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Law enforcement officials identified the suspect as Sayfullo Saipov. They say he came to the US legally from Uzbekistan in 2010.

He was shot once in the abdomen by an officer after he crashed the rented truck into a school bus during the rampage Tuesday afternoon. He underwent surgery and remained hospitalised.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said a note found at the scene referenced the Islamic State and that the suspect had been radicalised in the US. He says the contents of the note were under investigation.

Cuomo called the driver a “depraved coward” and said the attack “did not instill terror” among hardy New Yorkers.

Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said the incident resembled “very much” the “coward attack” in Stockholm earlier this year.

In April, an Uzbek man, Rakhmat Akilov, drove a stolen beer truck into a crowd of afternoon shoppers outside the upmarket Ahlens store in Stockholm, killing four and injuring 15 others.

Lofven said Wednesday “how a person can take a vehicle and use it to kill innocent fellow human beings is beyond my understanding.”

Lofven told Swedish radio that the world community “must be stronger than terrorism”.

In a statement on Wednesday, the head of the Arab League 

Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit expressed his condolences to the US government and the victims’ families.

He also said such incidents place more responsibility on the international community to cooperate in the fight against terrorism.


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