‘Cowardly act of terror’: Officials react to Manhattan truck attack that killed at least 8

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has confirmed the truck attack that killed eight people is a terrorist attack, and Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters there was no indication of a wider plot.

New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill called the incident “a tragedy of the widest magnitude.”

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Emergency crews attend the scene of an alleged shooting incident on West Street in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 31 2017 © Andrew Kelly

Mayor de Blasio called the attack a “cowardly act of terror” and said the city was enduring a “painful day.”

“We know that this action was intended to break our spirit, but we also know New Yorkers are strong,” de Blasio said. “Our spirit will never be moved by an act of violence, and act of terror.”

Governor Cuomo said that the suspect is a “lone wolf” and that there is “no evidence to suggest a wider plot or a wider scheme.”

He added that there will be more police “everywhere,” but said that it was not because there is any evidence there will be “any additional threat,” but said that they were being deployed “out of vigilance and out of caution.”

Commissioner O’Neil said that the 29-year-old suspect exited the vehicle “brandishing two handguns” and was shot by a nearby police officer in the abdomen. He said that a paintball gun and a pellet gun were recovered at the scene.

President Donald Trump tweeted, “In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!”

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