Eight killed by New York motorist in ‘cowardly act of terror’

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The 29-year-old driver was shot by police after jumping out of the truck with what turned out to be a fake gun in each hand, authorities said.

A man in a rented van drove to a busy bike lane near the World Trade Center monument on Tuesday, killing at least eight people and wounding others in what the mayor called “a particularly cowardly act of terror.”

The 29-year-old driver was shot by police after jumping out of the truck with what turned out to be a fake gun in each hand, authorities said. He was taken into custody. His condition was not revealed immediately.

Witnesses described a scene of panic and blood, with people screaming in fear and the road strewn with broken bodies and bicycles.

Cities around the world have been on alert against attacks by extremists on vehicles. The Islamic State has been encouraging its supporters to reap people, and Britain, France and Germany have seen deadly attacks on vehicles in recent months and years.

Police said the vehicle, a rental truck from Home Depot, entered the bike lane on West Street, a few blocks from the new World Trade Center and cut off several people. The truck also crashed into a small yellow school bus, injuring two adults and two children.