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New York terror attack: What we know so far

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At least eight people are dead and a dozen injured in the New York attack. Photo: AP
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Eight people are dead and more than a dozen are injured after a suspected terrorist drove a rented pickup truck along a bike path near New York’s World Trade Center.

Here’s what we know so far:

• A white pickup truck careered down a busy New York cycle path, killing eight people and leaving more than a dozen injured at around 3pm local time.

• Two adults and two children were hurt after the truck hit a yellow school bus.

• The driver, identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, was shot by police after jumping out of the rented vehicle with two fake guns. He was taken to hospital in police custody. He is from Uzbekistan but came to the United States in 2010.

• Authorities found a note written in English in the truck used in the attack claiming the attacker acted in the name of ISIS, CNN reported.

•  A paintball gun and a pellet gun were found at the scene.

•  A law enforcement official said the driver shouted “Allahu akbar”.

•  New York mayor Bill de Blasio has described the attack as “a particularly cowardly act of terror” and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said it was a “lone wolf” attack.

•  President Donald Trump tweeted: “In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person”, adding: “NOT IN THE U.S.A.!” He later vowed to up America’s “extreme vetting program”, writing on Twitter: “We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!”

•  No Australians are believed to have been injured or killed in the attack, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says.