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Terrorist Attack in Manhattan – Close by 9/11 Attack Scene

On October 31, you hope for trick or treating; not terrorist attacks on your city. New York City life today was disrupted by an attack of terror that took multiple lives. A 29-year-old man from Uzbekistan, Sayfullo Saipov, took a rental truck through a crowd of bicyclists and ran it into a school bus with children on it.

This attack took place near Borough of Manhattan Community College, and Stuyvesant High School. Reports say that kids inside the school heard or knew about the shootings almost as soon as they occurred. Another unnerving piece of information is the attack happened within walking distance of the 9/11 memorial.

Saipov rented a Home Depot truck and aimed for innocent bystanders. No particular group was effected by this attack, except for American people in general. Overall, about 12 people were injured, but non-life threatening, and eight people’s lives were taken.

Another aspect brought up by many news sources is that Saipov shouted “Allahu Akbar” upon leaving the vehicle, pointing to religious radicalization. Investigators are attempting to discover where Saipov’s religious beliefs were radicalized, and who aided in this radicalization. ISIS has continued to encourage their followers to run over innocent people, in order to pledge their allegiance to ISIS. Sources report that Saipov wrote a note, that was found in his vehicle, stating that he committed the act for ISIS. However, intelligence officials said they had “no knowledge of any terror groups claiming responsibility for the violence.” This leads officials to believe that Saipov committed the act for ISIS, but ISIS was unaware of the pending attack. Governor Cuomo said Saipov is thought to have acted alone. Other attacks of a similar nature have occurred in Berlin, East France, and now New York City. All of the attacks have occurred at landmarks across the world.

President Trump tweeted that the police would be on close watch, and that prayers would be going out to the victims families.

Also, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) tweeted “Those in NYC & Beyond: Join us in stopping for a moment to pray for the victims killed today and those injured. Together, we remain strong.”

While we may seem like a divided nation, in times like these we need one another to stand up and say we will see through our differences to come together. New York City is more familiar with the need to come together than most. Remember to stand by your neighbor in prayer and keep your thoughts with those in New York City.

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