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Truck attack in New York kills at least eight people

PICTURED: Police officers responding to a vehicle collision in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon (Photo credit: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times)

EIGHT PEOPLE have died following a truck attack in New York.

The suspect in the Manhattan truck attack, a 29-year-old man, crashed his truck and then was shot by police in the abdomen, New York Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill said.

Six people were pronounced dead at the scene, two were declared dead at the hospital, and eleven were transported to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro.

According to CNN, O'Neill said the suspect "did make a statement" after the crash, which led police to declare the incident an act of terrorism.

The driver of a rental truck drove the wrong way down a busy bicycle path in Manhattan near the World Trade Center, killing up to eight people and striking numerous others, a New York Police official stated.

The driver then exited the vehicle while displaying imitation firearms and was shot by police, according to the NYPD. The suspect is in police custody and was taken to a hospital for treatment, sources at the NYPD said.

CNN reports that the incident is being investigated as terrorism, according to multiple law enforcement sources. Witnesses reported the suspect was yelling "Allahu Akbar," according to four law enforcement sources. The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force is taking over the lead of the investigation.

The suspect was driving in a Home Depot rental truck and hopped a curb at West Houston Street and drove south on the bike path on the west side of West Side Highway in Lower Manhattan for several blocks, the official said.

After striking multiple people, the suspect hit a school bus and wrecked his truck, recalls an NYPD official. Four people were reportedly removed from the bus and they had minor injuries.

The NYPD commented that no other suspects are being sought.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo both said they are heading to the scene. The White House said President Trump was briefed by chief of staff John Kelly on the incident in lower Manhattan and "will be continually updated as more details are known."

Press secretary Sarah Sanders said, "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected."

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