Eight people have been killed and numerous others injured after a utility vehicle was driven the wrong way down a popular bicycle path in New York.
Described as an act of terror, numerous cyclists and pedestrians were using the path when the incident occurred around 3pm local time. In shock scenes broadcast around the world mangled bikes can be seen along the Manhattan bicycle path – five twisted bikes can be seen in one distressing image broadcast via ABC News 24.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said “This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians.”
After hitting numerous cyclists and pedestrians the vehicle collided with a school bus. The driver then exited the vehicle, was shot in the abdomen by police, and transported to hospital.
The 29yo, later named as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, has been charged with federal counts. He reportedly told police he was inspired by Islamic State propaganda videos and now faces the death penalty.