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New York terror: Is this the Manhattan attacker? Eight dead after truck mows down crowd

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Authorities in New York have confirmed the 29-year-old man who carried out the terror attack that left eight people dead was a 29-year-old male who was shot in the abdomen.

US media named him as Sayfullo Saipov, a Florida resident who came to the US in 2010.

He was armed with a paintball gun and pellets.

However police authorities refused to give out any further information about the assailant.

They also declined to reveal which hospital the man was being treated in.

"Many" people were injured in the attack, with possibly 12 people needing medical attention.

Is this the image of the New York terror attacker?NA

Could this be the New York attacker?

The unnamed man drove a pickup truck down the wrong way down a cycle path in a "cowardly" terror attack in downtown Manhattan.

New York City Police confirmed the truck, which appears to be a Home Depot rental van, drove 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.

4 News reported the driver then allegedly screamed 'Allahu Akbar' and got out of the vehicle.

The van used in the terror attack by the manReuters

The van the male used in the terror attack

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He was armed with two weapons and began running before being shot by police. The weapons later turned out to be imitation firearms.

New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill confirmed a 29-year-old male got out of the vehicle after driving the wrong way down the bicycle path and ploughing into several people before coming to a halt after striking the school bus.

He was brandishing two handguns and an officer at the scene “shot him in the abdomen”.

The guns were later revealed to be a “paintball gun and a pellet gun”.

Eight people were killed in the New York terror attackNA

Eight people were killed and possibly 12 injured in the New York terror attack

This has not been confirmed by authorities, although the NYPD commissioner said the statement made by the attacker when he exited the vehicle was "consistent" with a terrorist attack.

The assailant was shot in the abdomen at around 3pm local time on Tuesday afternoon which were later revealed to be from a uniformed police officer as he took down the attacker.

The man has been taken to a local hospital.

US President Donald Trump called the attacker “a very sick and deranged person.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said appeared to be a "cowardly" terrorism attack.

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Police at the scene of the terror attack in New York

A spokesperson for the US Department of Homeland Security called the incident an "apparent act of terrorism."

The driver entered the bike path in lower Manhattan at 3.05pm, New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill said, adding that he was armed with a paint-ball gun and a pellet gun.

Two children and two adults were injured when the truck ploughded into the school bus, he said.

Mr O'Neill said the suspect was driving a rented Home Depot truck, but said police would not disclose at this time where the truck was rented.

After the attack, mangled and flattened bicycles littered the bike path, which runs parallel to the West Side Highway on the western edge of Manhattan along the Hudson River.

Of the eight people killed, six were pronounced dead at the scene and two more were pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, Mr O'Neill said.

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