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New York terror: ‘Heartbroken’ Melania Trump speaks out after eight killed in truck attack

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Mrs Trump tweeted: “My heart breaks for #NYC today. Thoughts & prayers as we monitor the situation”

Mrs Trump tweeted: “My heart breaks for #NYC today. Thoughts & prayers as we monitor the situation.”

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the vehicle attack that took place near the World Trade Center in downtown New York.

He tweeted: "In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!"

Adding: "We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!"

Eight people were struck and killed and at least 15 people were injured after a terrorist drove onto a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial.

Eyewitnesses said that after the driver struck several people, he then emerged from the vehicle screaming "Allahu Akbar" and firing something that appeared to be a gun.

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The 29-year-old terrorist has been named by US media as Sayfullo Saipov, a Florida resident who came to the US in 2010.

He drove a Home Depot rental van onto a pedestrian and cycle path alongside the West Side Highway at full speed, hitting several people.

The truck then hit a school bus, which was carrying two adults and two children.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene.

They say the driver got out of his vehicle brandishing what appeared to be a gun in each hand.

My heart breaks for #NYC today. Thoughts & prayers as we monitor the situation.

— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 31, 2017

An onlooker said he saw at least two bodies lying motionless on the path beneath tarps.

The New York Police Department posted on its Twitter feed that one person was in custody after he was shot by a police officer in the abdomen.

The department says it's unclear whether anyone was shot.

A man who was riding in an Uber along the West Side Highway near Chambers street said he saw several bleeding people on the ground after a truck struck several people.

Donald Trump.

Donald Trump tweeted: "Looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person"

In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2017

We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2017

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Eyewitnesses said that after he struck several people, he then emerged from the vehicle screaming

New York’s mayor Mayor Bill De Blasio described the attack as “cowardly” and said that “New Yorkers do not give in.” He also asked New Yorkers to “be vigilant.”

The NYPD said on Twitter that the suspect got out of the vehicle displaying imitation firearms and was shot by police officers. Police say the person is in custody.

De Blasio added that the attack "was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians."

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called it a "lone wolf" attack. He said there's no evidence to suggest it was part of a wider plot.

He said: “There is no ongoing threat. No need for anxiety. But you will see more police officers."

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This is reportedly a shadowy image of the suspect running from the scene of the terror attack

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president and New York native had been briefed by White House chief of staff John Kelly and "will be continually updated as more details are known."

Ms Sanders said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected."

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