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this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon, in singapore. the headlines: eight dead in new york and at least twelve others injured after a truck strikes people on a bike path in lower manhattan. a man is shot by police and is now in custody. police say the suspect moved to the us in 2010. the mayor of new york says the attack is being seen as deliberate but that there's no evidence so far of a wider plot. let me be clear, based on the information we have, at this moment, this was an act of terror and a particularly cowardly act of terror. i'm babita sharma, in london. also in the programme: president trump takes to twitter to address the events in manhattan, describing the attacker as "sick and deranged". this is the scene live in manhattan, where the investigation into what happened is getting under way amid a heavy police presence. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news — it's newsday. it's 9am in singapore,
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1am in london, and 9:00 in the evening in new york, where eight people have been killed and a dozen injured, in what police are describing as a terrorist attack. it took place in lower manhattan, when a truck drove down a pedestrian and bike path, near a school. the vehicle hit cyclists and people on foot before crashing into a school bus, injuring children inside. the driver then got out and was shot by the police. he's been taken into custody and described by authorities as a 29—year—old male. we begin our coverage with this report from nick bryant. a riverside bike path in lower manhattan, where cyclists were mown down by a vehicle that appears to have deliberately mounted the curb. eyewitnesses described the white pick—up truck being driven
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at high speed. the path was scattered with damaged bikes and injured riders. moments afterwards, the truck appears to have rammed another vehicle, outside one of new york's most prestigious schools, and this footage appears to show this suspect leaving the vehicle and brandishing what police later said was an imitation firearm. pupils at the school told us how gunfire then erupted. he was running round with, like, a gun. police came out of stuy and people called the cops, so they were coming in. the guy fired a couple of shots before and then there was a shoot out between the police and the guy and that's when they started to close down everything and we had to go. he was screaming in the street, he looked frustrated, panicked, confused. from there a whole bunch of customers started running past me, a whole bunch of people came running past my way yelling, "he has a gun, he's got a gun!"
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police cleared some of manhattan's busiest streets and on the police scanner, the panic of the moment. police radio: be advised, multiple people on the ground. from sanders to houston. all the way from houston up to chambers. multiple people on the ground. we need buses from houston through to chambers. all this and folded within the shadow of the new world trade center, where new yorkers are reminded daily of the ever—present threat of terror. this is one of the most heavily policed areas in the whole of the united states, just yards from ground zero. and the emergency services were here in heavy numbers, almost immediately. and it didn't take them long to confirm that new york city had again been the target of terror. it's a very painful day in our city, horrible tragedy on the west side. let me be clear that based on information we have at this moment, this was an act of terror and a particularly cowardly act of terror, aimed at innocent civilians, aimed
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at people going about their lives who had no idea what was about to hit them. once again, new york has been attacked on a beautiful autumn day, and just yards from one of its most sacred and one of its most fortified sites. we can cross live to manhattan now. and our correspondent at the scene, michelle fleury. the attack suspect left a note at the scene. what more can you tell us? we atjust beginning to learn that there was, indeed, a note left behind at the scene. it talked about isis. so far little else is known but were i am standing right now it
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is an active crime scene. they have just asked people to send in any video, any footage that they might have as they try to piece together what happened in those crucial moment that led to the death of eight people and dozens of injuries. they know the driver is a 29—year—old, his name is sayfullo saipov. he was carrying a driver ‘s licence from florida but they will try to understand in the coming days what was his motive, the steps he took leading to these events. this is an active crime scene, investigators are trying to build up a picture of the timeline and how things are unfolded. the angle to this attack is that this 29—year—old suspect is a lone wolf? yes. about
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two hours after the incident, there was a press conference involving the meranti, the new york state government —— governor and they believe he was acting alone. that this was an lone wolf event and that, at this stage, they did not think it was part of any wider scheme. that being said, they want new yorkers to expect a heavy police presence at a time when many americans may feel uneasy. this is halloween and just to make things even more surreal halloween and just to make things even more surreal people walking past in costume. what is the current mood right now? well, i am standing a few miles from the site of the world trade centre. it is a city that has been attacked before and eddie may pointed out the resilience
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of new yorkers. —— the mayor. they are trying to enjoy what is typically a festive evening in new york. as one person put it, this is sadly a reality, part of our daily lives as we see more and more of these lone wolf attacks paying out across the world. thank you very much. this is the scene live in manhattan, where there's a heavy police presence. you are looking at an active crime scene. the vehicle that ploughed into pedestrians in that bike pathway came to a stop there. forensic teams are currently on the scene, as you might expect, alongside security forces and the
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fbi, as the investigation is in its early stages to determine exactly how and the links that these 29—year—old man had to perhaps any other terrorist organisation. we are yet to find out more details are about that at as soon as we find out we will bring you updates on bbc news. as we've mentioned, the president has posted a message about the incident on twitter. it reads... he added that the us must not allow the islamic state group to return or enter the country, after being defeated in the middle east. the bbc‘s north america editorjon sopel has more details on trump's statement. it says out of sorts and press up with the victims and their family.
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my with the victims and their family. my administration will provide its full support to the new york city police department including a joint investigation with the fbi. we offer oui’ investigation with the fbi. we offer our thanks to the first responders who stopped the suspect and rendered immediate aid to the victims of these cowardly attack. they embody these cowardly attack. they embody the true american spirit of resilience and courage and i will continue to follow developments closely and you can be sure the president is being briefed by his law enforcement officials and security chiefs about what they know about this person. we had it is a lone wolf attacker. there are those in the white house who believe there is no such thing and that the person must have been radicalised somewhere and they will be doing their utmost to trace any threat that could lead to trace any threat that could lead to other people that may be planning something similar. donald trump mentioned islamic state in his tweed. we should remind our viewers
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no one has claimed responsibility for this attack but investigations kicking in straightaway with the fbi. give us an idea, if you can about what might be happening behind the scenes. i know you are covered 9/11 and all the other attacks in the us. just stay on the tweets for a moment. he talked about not allowing isis back in the country but here state cleared on some of the rhetoric he used previously. whether under barack obama in some berna rdino whether under barack obama in some bernardino and orlando, florida where he talked about islamic terror. a phrase he used again in europe. he is not used at at all in the tweets he issued tonight. in terms of the security, you can be sure that the fbi in cooperation with allies, they will try to find
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out the maximum they can about this person. what his last movements were. if you remember, the enormous length of the el went to get hold of the phone of the person involved in the phone of the person involved in the san berna rdino the phone of the person involved in the san bernardino attack. ——f ei. there are in almost legal battles going on an absolute determination that they find out everything. special investigation team is ready up special investigation team is ready up and running and state department people will be looking at where he came from, from uzbekistan, who we knew in uzbekistan, killed his family knew. it will be involving hundreds of people, this investigation. a short time ago we spoke to a counter terrorism expert talking about westminster and the
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attack at the bridge and the attacks in germany. they have become the modus operandi of terrorist operations. the link and the web spreads much further than that? exactly spreads much further than that? exa ctly a nd spreads much further than that? exactly and they will be doing everything they can and examining the security implications of how you remain ina the security implications of how you remain in a liberal, democratic, open society yet keep your people safe. if you can go per 100% security but does it mean it would have to have airport style checks on anyone going into the new york subway was make it is inconceivable that a city can continue to function like that. what additional security measures on a practical level can be taken and you will be sure to hear donald trump talking about the measures he has wanted to introduced, but has been banned from the courts. i am sure he will say
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that if i do president and it is my job to keep people safe we will need to do this. his opponents will say this guy was from tampa and tan but was not on the list. -- tampa. we'll we see president trump make a statement? it is unlikely. it takes time to set up a presidential visit. the expectation is donald trump will continue to monitor events from here in washington tomorrow that he's very determined about this and if he decides he wants to go it will be up to the secret service to make sure everything is ready. my expectation is it will not be until later in the week. jack thomas tomarchio is a former deputy assistant secretary for homeland security.
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he told us this looked very similar to other recent attacks around the world. the thing that's interesting about this is both al-qaeda and isis — al-qaeda in yemen, the al-qaeda affiliate in yemrn — and isis have both put out directives or communiques to followers that, if you're not able to come to the middle east to engage inajihad, then you should work in your own countries, and both have pointed out that one way to commit terrorist acts in a home country would be to use a vehicle is a deadly weapon and we have now seen about 11 or 12 of these types of attacks around the world, in very disparate places — canada, north carolina, barcelona, london, east france, ohio and now, of course, new york city. so i think this should be treated as a terrorist attack. obviously it is being treated but, again, we see the use of this type of modality by either a terrorist, a terrorist sympathiser,
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unfortunately, and, as the commissioner said, very, very difficult to defend against these one—off type of events. you're watching newsday. we'll have much more on the attack in new york city where eight people have died after a truck hit people in lower manhattan. indira gandhi, ruler of the world's largest democracy, died today. only yesterday she'd spoken of dying in the service of her country and said, "i would be proud of it, every drop of my blood will contribute to the growth of this nation." after 46 years of unhappiness, these two countries have concluded a chapter of history. no more suspicion, no more fear, no more uncertainty of what each
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day might bring. booster ignition and liftoff of discovery, with a crew of six astronaut heroes and one american legend. well, enjoying the show is right — this is beautiful. a milestone in human history. born today, this girl in india is the 7 billionth person on the planet. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: at least eight people have been killed and more than a dozen injured after a van mowed down pedestrians and cyclists in new york.
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the mayor has described it as a cowardly act of terror. president trump has described the killings as another attack by a very sick and deranged person. he tweeted that the us must not allow the islamic state group to return or enter the country. at a news conference earlier this evening, the city's police and mayor praised the resilience of new yorkers in the face of another attack. first, i just want to say that today there was a loss of innocent life in lower manhattan. the dead and injured were just going about their days, heading home from work or school, or enjoying the afternoon sun on their bicycles. this is a tragedy of the greatest magnitude. for many people from new york city and beyond today. i want to commend the nypd
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officer's response. he was on post near the location, who stopped the carnage moments after it began, and the work of the first responders, including fire and ems, surely helped save additional lives. i will give more of a chronology but i would like to introduce mayor de blasio. thank you, commissioner. a painful day in our city. horrible tragedy on the west side. based on information we have at the moment, this was an of terror. a particularly cowardly act of terror, aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at people going about their lives, who had no idea what was about to hit them. we, at this moment, based on the information we have, we know of eight innocent people who have lost their lives, and over a dozen more are injured. we know that this action was intended to break our spirit. but we also know new yorkers
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are strong, new yorkers are resilient, and our spirit will never be moved by an act of violence, and an act meant to intimidate us. we have been tested before as a city, very near the site of today's tragedy, and new yorkers do not give in, in the face of these kinds of actions. we'll respond as we always do. we will be undeterred. and i want to thank everyone at the nypd, all our first responders, for their extraordinary efforts in the midst of this tragedy, starting with the officer who stopped this tragedy from continuing. all of the first responders who came to the aid of those who were injured. an investigation is underway to get all the facts, and what we'll tell
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you today of course will be preliminary. but we know that we'll get down to the bottom of what happened. i want to ask all new yorkers, all americans, to keep the families of those lost in your thoughts and prayers. they will need our support. and i want to ask all new yorkers to be vigilant. we know it's halloween night. and we know, in the days ahead, people will be uneasy. we ask all new yorkers delivered by the idea of, "if you see something, say something." tell an officer immediately. if it's anything unusual or something that worries you. be vigilant, and know that there'll be extensive additional employment of nypd officers through the evening, and throughout the days ahead.
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david lowe is a terrorism and security expert and former police officer in the uk special branch counter—terrorism unit. he gave me his thoughts on the attack in new york. it was close to the 9/11 memorial, as well, i don't know if that has been a significant factor. it is quite sad, once again we are seeing this type of attack, being driven into innocent people. this is what is expected, unfortunately. i think what we have to expect. of course, we in the uk have witnessed these attacks, you know, from westminster bridge, london bridge, finsbury park, —— sainsbury park, and we have seen a park, —— sainsbury park, and we have seen a globally. no one has claimed responsibility yet, but groups like islamic state have been encouraging, and it was in their online magazine and it was in their online magazine a couple of months ago, tips on how to do this effectively. you know, this is why most places like
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ourselves are at such a high threat level. this is the sort of attack to expect. you just listed three terrorist incidents here in the uk, loan attackers. what measures can be put in place for an attack of this kind, by the security services? well, it's not just the security service. it's also looking at local authorities, it's also looking at businesses, as well. it's everybody playing a part in this. we're entering into the christmas period, and we'll see christmas markets. last night, the attack at the birmingham christmas market. we are looking at physical obstructions to try and minimise this, but it is very, very difficult. of course, you mention
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the security services, the secutity services constantly looking at the intelligence they have coming in. an individual who is not on the system, but is perceived as a minor player, who's influenced by some sort of extremist ideology — very difficult to pick up when they try to do this or do an attack with a knife. other eyewitnesses near the scene in new york described what they saw. it's three o'clock in the afternoon when i go back and look, i see a truck going down there. and the summaries and it went that way and it went that way and i saw a couple of bodies lying on the bike path and when i was looking, seeing if there is anybody else, i heard gunshots. about nine or ten gunshots going off. a lot of police came running up towards where i was. they didn't know what was going on. they were confused. there was one female that i saw near the body. she must have seen it actually
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happen, because she just kept screaming and screaming, and it was... we saw the car, surrounded by rubble. and we saw the guy, he was wearing dark colours and he had a beard. but he was holding two guns, so it was a little scary. we were just wondering, who is that guy? we were told to run in. we were getting freaked out. it was scary. we were all anticipating a gunshot at any minute, or i was. i was worried that one of us would get shot, like, any of us. let's ta ke let's take you to the crime scene now. this is the vehicle the man used to plough into pedestrians on a bike path in lower manhattan on tuesday. it is just approaching 9:30pm in the evening, a heavy security presence, fbi and forensics all that, as you can imagine, after the death of eight in this terrorist attack after that pick—up truck
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drove into pedestrians and cyclists. and the mayor of new york, bill de blasio, described it as a cowardly act of terror and that innocent civilians. we will continue to bring you the latest developments on the new york city attack here on bbc. hello there. mixed fortunes in our weather during the day ahead. southern areas should see more in the way of sunshine than they did on tuesday. a feed of drier air from the near continent around this area of high pressure. but, up to the north, it is all about this weather front, a weather front bringing a slow—moving band of rain, heavy rain for a time across southern and south—western scotland, during the first part of the morning. to the north of the frontal system, there'll be a mixture of sunny spells and heavy showers. but it is this rain, around the glasgow area, for instance, stretching towards edinburgh, which could cause some spot issues and persistent heavy rain during the morning rush hour.
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into the midlands and east anglia and the south—east, there'll be the odd fog patch through the first part of the morning. fog tending to clear, though, and it'll be a fairly bright day with increasing amounts of sunshine. the south—west of england starting off on a bright note. again, there could be the odd fog patch. similar story across wales. more cloud in northern ireland, and here is our weatherfront again, just beginning to fringe in towards the north coast at this stage. as we go on through the day, our frontal system will only move very slowly southwards, although the rain along it will tend to ease. to the north, a mixture of sunshine and heavy showers. to the south, certainly for much of england and wales, we're looking at a dry day and an increasingly bright one. there should be some spells of sunshine. 16 in london. that won't feel too bad, if the skies are blue. now, during wednesday night our frontal system finally gets a move on and pushes
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its way southwards. at this stage, reallyjust a band of cloud and spots of drizzle. to the north and south, will be fairly chilly, and certainly across southern areas of england, could be some fog around on thursday morning. now, on thursday, this area of cloud from our old weather front, with some spots of patchy rain and drizzle, will drift slowly southwards. furthermore, sunny skies but a dip in the temperatures. eight degrees in aberdeen, 12 in cardiff. friday will be dry and bright enough for many of us, but a change up here to the north—west, and another weatherfront sinking in, and it's a weak affair. but that frontal system is likely to bump in some warm air pushing in temporarily from the continent. some heavy rain across england and wales and once all of that clears away, some really cold air into the weekend. the air coming all the way from the arctic. so yes, there will be some sunny spells, but also some showers as well. perhaps wintry over the high ground in the north, and for all of us, a chilly wind.
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i'm babita sharma with bbc news. eight people have been killed in a terrorist attack in new york city. a man drove into people on a bike path in lower manhattan before crashing into a school bus. he was shot by police and is now in custody. police sources have named the suspect as twenty—nine year—old sayfullo saipov — who's thought to originally be from uzbekistan — he moved to america in 2010 and was living in florida. the us president has taken to twitter in response to the attack. president trump has described the killings in new york as another attack by a very sick and deranged person. he tweeted that the us must not allow the islamic state group to return or enter the country. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk: a woman tells the bbc how a senior labour party figure persuaded her to drop allegations of rape
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