The driver of a rented van shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he deliberately plowed into pedestrians in lower Manhattan, killing six and injuring 15 others.
This driver drove into a bicycle path alongside the Hudson River and mowed down pedestrians, after which point he exited the vehicle and brandished two imitation firearms. Witnesses told police that the driver yelled “Allahu Akbar” during the attack, which the FBI is now investigating as an act of terrorism, CNN reports.
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Police chased the man after he got out of his truck and shot him. Authorities have since taken him into custody and have brought him to a local hospital for treatment.
“I saw the car crash so I ran up the bridge,” a witness told PIX11. “When I ran up the bridge, I saw this dude with two guns. The guy with the two guns, for some reason, was running around. He was getting chased. And then all of the sudden, four shots went off and we all just started running.”
Police are not looking for any other suspects in the attack and advising the public to avoid Chambers Street, which is the area where the incident took place.
Meanwhile… at CNN, Jake Tapper called the phrase Alllahu Akbar “beautiful” while reporting on this horrible story.
CNN anchor Jake Tapper called the Islamic phrase Allahu Akbar “beautiful” minutes after reports of a terrorist attack in New York City, Tuesday on “The Lead.”
Tapper was interviewing CNN’s crime and justice reporter Shimon Prokupecz when he chimed in to give his opinion on the nature of the terrorist chant.
“The Arabic chant Allahu Akbar, God is great — sometimes said under the most beautiful of circumstances and too often we hear of it being said in moments like this,” Tapper said.
The FBI is now investigating the attack that occurred Tuesday, in which at least six people were killed in Lower Manhattan. So far reports indicate the suspect plowed over several pedestrians on a bike path and then opened fire from the car. According to CBS, the terror suspect yelled “Allahu Akbar” during the incident.
First responders are now on the scene investigating and helping the wounded. The NYPD said they have a sole suspect in custody and haven’t’ released any further information.