Manhattan attacker used a truck – urban terrorist’s weapon of choice

Vehicles have been used in multiple deadly atrocities in Europe this year but it appears to be a first for New York

The attacker who turned a Home Depot truck into a deadly weapon in New York City on Tuesday used a method that has become familiar in terror attacks across the world.

At least eight people are dead after a man drove 20 blocks beside the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon, using a truck to plough into people on a pedestrian and bicycle path. Pictures of the mangled truck taken after it eventually ploughed into a school bus, only a few blocks from the site of the One World Trade Center building at 9/11 “ground zero”, indicate that it was a rental vehicle.

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