NYC & Company: City remains safe following terror attack

NYC & Company: City remains safe following terror attack

NYC & Company president Fred Dixon has said the city remains safe following the deadliest terrorist incident in the US tourism capital since the September 11th attacks in 2001.

Eight people were killed and 12 injured when the driver of a truck hit people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan yesterday.

Five friends from Argentina were among those killed.

A 29-year-old man, an Uzbek immigrant, was shot and injured by police as he left the vehicle.

He is under arrest.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo subsequently revealed a note was found inside the truck referring to the Islamic State militant group.

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Following the incident, Dixon said: “We are deeply saddened by the terrible attack and are thankful and reassured by the swift actions of the NYPD and first responders.

“Our deepest sympathies are with all the victims and their families.

“It is profoundly disheartening to learn of the five Argentineans and the Belgian who were among those who lost their lives, and other visitors who were injured or affected who were simply here to experience and enjoy this incredible City.

“We condemn this senseless act of violence here and those in other destinations around the globe. We are a strong, united and resilient community.

“New York City remains a safe and welcoming destination for leisure visitors and meetings delegates, and we encourage travellers to continue with their plans here and elsewhere.”