Here's what we know so far
Eight people have been killed and a dozen more injured after a truck ploughed into a bike path in lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon, just walking distance from the World Trade Center.
According to reports and eye-witnesses, the truck turned onto the popular cycle path, intentionally driving into pedestrians before crashing into a school bus in the city’s deadliest terror attack since 9/11.
The suspect, named as 29-year-old Uzebkistan-born Uber driver Sayfullo Saipov, was shot in the abdomen by police after exiting the truck. He remains in critical condition in police custody.
‘This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror,’ confirmed New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, ‘aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at people going about their lives who had no idea what was about to hit them.’
Eight victims have been confirmed dead, with six people pronounced dead at the scene, and two dying later at hospital.
Five of those killed were named as Argentinian friends travelling to New York for the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation.
Also confirmed as one of the victims is an unnamed Belgian woman who it was on a trip with her mother and sister. The two other victims to have died are yet to be identified.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo also confirmed that among the injured were two children, who were caught in the incident when the truck hit their school bus. However they are not thought to be seriously injured.
Just hours after the attack, tens of thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets of Manhattan to take part in the annual Halloween parade, sending the clear message that they were not afraid.
We will continue to update the report as news emerges.