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Manhattan Truck Attack Victims (2017)

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Manhattan Truck Attack Victims (2017)

At least eight people were reported dead in lower Manhattan Tuesday afternoon after a man driving a pickup truck ran over numerous bicyclists on a bike path, according to multiple news sources including the New York Times and New York Daily News.

At least 15 people were injured. The driver was taken into custody by police.

Argentina’s Foreign Ministry identified five of the victims as a group of Argentinian friends who were enjoying a reunion in New York City: Hernán Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damián Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernán Ferruchi.

The others killed in the attack were American and Belgian, said police, who identified those victims as Darren Drake, 32, of New Milford, N.J.; Nicholas Cleves, 23, of New York; and Anne Laure Decadt, 31, of Belgium.

Federal law enforcement has called the attack an apparent terrorist action. The Washington Post reports that the suspect left a note pledging his allegiance to ISIS.

“Based on information we have at this moment,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference, “this was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians.”

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