New York, November 1, 2017 : A man in a Home Depot rental truck sped for nearly a mile along the Hudson river in lower Manhattan, injuring more than a dozen people, and then shouting “Allahu Akbar”.
The man held responsible for the Manhattan attack, identified as Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old immigrant from Uzebkistan drove a rental truck into a pedestrian and bike path in New York City and went on until the truck rammed into a school bus.
— CNN International (@cnni) November 1, 2017
According to a report by the New York Post, Saipov was shot and wounded by the New York Police after he got out of his car with realistic-looking guns, all while screaming “Allahu Akbar” – Arabic which means God is Good.
The Manhattan attack, which unfolded at a close proximity to the World Trade Center has killed eight people and injured at least 11 civilians, which includes three children, who were immediately rushed to local hospitals.
According to briefing by the New York police, six of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene while two victims perished at the hospital.
Various American news channels have since run chilling NYPD audio that was recorded as the entire scene unfolded.
In one of the tapes obtained by CBS, a police officer can be heard saying, “There’s multiple people on the ground, Central. We need buses all the way up to Houston [Street], Central.’’
In another recording, an officer can be heard reporting multiple casualties and calling it a “mass-casualty situation”.
Twitter was quick to react to the slaughter-attack as the hashtags #ManhattanAttack and #NewYork continue to trend. Here is what Twitterati has to say,
One of the biggest threats and menace to the world’s harmony and peace is terrorism. Strongly condemn the #ManhattanAttack ! Stay well NYC.
— Sadhavi Khosla (@sadhavi) November 1, 2017
— PoliticalView (@PoliticalView2) October 31, 2017
While at one end, some Twitter users maintain that an attack by an individual must not fetch backlash for an entire community, some social activists believe otherwise.
There is Nothing Religious or Spiritual in ISLAMISM. It merely uses the mask of Religion for Power Lust & hegemony. Islamism is Cancerous
— Rahul Easwar (@RahulEaswar) November 1, 2017
If “Islam has nothing to do with this”, then why tell us that Muslims are bracing for a backlash? Because Islam has Everything to do with it
— Bosch Fawstin (@BoschFawstin) November 1, 2017
The Manhattan attack has also been condemned by India as various news portals and individuals tweeted about the same, expressing grief and concern. ‘India stands by United States’, read a tweet by Indian President, Ram Nath Kovind.
Shocked to hear of terrorist attack in New York. Our condolences to bereaved families. India stands by United States #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) November 1, 2017
Security is of prime importance; this concern was reflected in multiple tweets from people around the world.
— Dr. Munish Raizada (@DrMunishRaizada) November 1, 2017
Twitter users were quick to point out differences between the Manhattan attack and the Las Vegas shooting.
Does anyone find it troubling that the New York truck attack happened less than 11 hours ago and we know more about it than Las Vegas
— Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) November 1, 2017
— Jackie (@LiberalMmama) October 31, 2017
New York’s resilience is stronger than a cowardly act of terror. Thinking of the victims, their families, & the responders who saved lives.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 1, 2017
Such actions are intended to break the spirit of a city, but New Yorkers are strong and resilient. However, that does not mean the attack should be overlooked or dealt with leniently.
Don’t ignore warnings! It saves lives prayer for New York pic.twitter.com/01vi6GZkHT
— KuyaEdward Official (@KuyaEdwardOFC) November 1, 2017
US President Donald Trump strongly condemned the attack and took to Twitter to voice his stand – he announced that such acts will not be tolerated in the US and Homeland security will look into it.
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
The method of the Manhattan attack mimics other ISIS-directed and inspired attacks that have previously occurred in different countries like the attacks in Nice, London and France.
These attacks are difficult to prevent as it is difficult for authorities to know if an individual will ram a vehicle into a crowd of innocent civilians.
However, due to the ease of its execution, these types of attacks are being increasingly carried out in recent years. After all, all you need is a truck, a car or a van, a crowd of people and a will to kill.