Eight killed in New York terror attack

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At least eight people have been killed and more than a dozen injured in New York in what officials are calling a terror attack.

The attacker drove a rental truck onto a bike path next to the Hudson River, mowing down cyclists and pedestrian’s just blocks away from the World Trade Centre memorial.

The attacker was wounded by police and arrested.

US media say investigators have found a note claiming he carried out the attack in the name of the Islamic State militant group.

The attack happened just hours before the end of the workday, schools were out and people using recreation facilities in the popular area for both locals and tourists.

The truck reported to have been driven for several blocks along a bicycle lane that runs adjacent to the West Side Highway of Manhattan before purposefully ramming into pedestrians and cyclists, leaving mangled bicycles, 8 dead and more injured in its wake.

The Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio called it a cowardly act of terror while the Governor of the State Andrew Cuomo said they had no information to indicate that this was part of a wider plot.

The suspect is being treated in hospital after being shot in the leg but is expected to make a full recovery.

Any future court appearances will be contingent on that.