The terrorist attack, which left eight people dead and a dozen injured, took place in Lower Manhattan when a pick-up truck rammed into cyclists and pedestrians just blocks away from the World Trade Center.
The assault has brought reactions from all around the world.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident a “cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians”. “But […] New Yorkers are resilient and our spirit will never be moved by an act of violence and an act meant to intimidate us”, he said
American President Donald Trump spoke out on Twitter, condemning the attack which had been carried out by a “very sick and deranged person”. He also announced he had ordered the Extreme Vetting Program – a ban on arrivals to the US from a number of mainly-muslim countries – to be stepped up.
Meanwhile, Uzbekistan’s President, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, told White House officials his country was ready to “use all forces and resources” necessary to help investigate the incident. The man resposible for the attack is thought to be of Uzbek nationality.
Several countries in the Middle East also denounced the aggression. Iran’s Foreign Ministry condemned the truck attack in New York, referring to it as a “terrorist” assault. Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said in a statement that “a serious approach coinciding with honesty and transparency of all nations” is the only way to “uproot” terrorism.
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, The United Arab Emirates and Qatar were also amongst those asian countries to offer their solidarity and condolences to the US.
In Europe, France’s Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe said the deadly truck attack is a reminder that the threat is high everywere, and authorities must remain “determined” to fight extremism.
In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, took to Twitter to send their condolences to the victims of the assault.
Five of those killed were from Argentina and another was belgian. Three other belgian citizens were injured, while another was german.