Mr.de Blasio said at a news conference, "Based on information we have at this moment, this was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians". But investigators had not uncovered evidence of any direct or enabling ties between Mr. Saipov and ISIS and were treating the episode as a case of an "inspired" attacker, two counterterrorism officials said.
The motorist, driving south down the path in a Home Depot rental truck, hit numerous people as nearby Stuyvesant High School was letting out for the day, officials said.
In June 30, 2017 a Nigerian-born Dr Henry Michael Bello opened fire in the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in The Bronx, New York City. The man "put his hands up and was backing away", Sirus said.
The suspect's name has been discovered to be Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov who was residing in Tampa, Florida since 2010.
The man shouted the Islamic phrase, meaning "God is great", after getting out of the truck and waving what are believed to be a BB and paintball gun. When I ran up the bridge, I saw this dude with two guns. He was then shot by police, according to sources. According to police officials, four people were removed from the bus with minor injuries, reports CNN.
"What happened was there was a vehicle crash ... he came out of one of the cars". "We thought it was a Halloween prank".
The Daily News said the driver was running down "helpless riders" from behind.
The terrorist is out of surgery and reportedly gleeful over his actions.
The image came from Centre Mediatique An-Nur, which has produced in French videos about jihadist operations and how online jihadis can practice Web security, the report said.