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Manhattan truck attack 'being treated as terrorism'

Officials in New York reportedly said they were treating the fatal attack in south Manhattan was a “terrorist attack” and the FBI had taken charge of the investigation. Officials said that up to six people were killed after a pickup truck was driven down a bike path located alongside the Hudson River. The New York Police Department said the man believed to have driven the vehicle, then exited and starting displaying what subsequently emerged to be imitation firearms.

Police said the man was shot by police and taken into custody. There was no immediate update on the person’s condition.

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As speculation swirled as to who was responsible for the incident and what may have been the motive, Reuters quoted a law enforcement source as saying the attack was believed to be a terrorist incident. There was no official confirmation of this.

In May, one person was killed and 22 were injured after a car rammed into pedestrians in Times Square. There was initial speculation that the incident was terror related, but it later emerged the driver was allegedly drunk. A police spokesman posted a photo showing a white pickup truck on the bike path with its front end smashed.

The truck had the logo of the Home Depot hardware store chain on its door.

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An witness told ABC Channel 7 that he saw a white pick-up truck drive south down the bike path alongside the West Side Highway at full speed and hit several people. The witness, who was identified only as Eugene, said bodies were lying outside Stuyvesant High School, one of the city’s elite public schools. He also reported hearing about nine or 10 shots, but was not sure where they came from.

A video apparently filmed at the scene and circulated online showed scattered bikes on the bike path and two people lying on the ground. President Donald Trump and City Hall said Mayor Bill de Blasio had been briefed about the incident. The office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the governor was heading to the scene.

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