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Truck driver kills eight in lower Manhattan terrorist attack

(NBCNews) - At least eight people were dead and a person was in custody after a truck driver deliberately drove onto a bike path in lower Manhattan before the driver got out with imitation firearms and was shot by police, police officials and witnesses said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference the incident was "a particularly cowardly act of terror."

The suspect got out of the truck and shouted "Allahu Akbar" and fired a BB or pellet gun, four senior law enforcement sources briefed on the matter said.

"There are several fatalities and numerous people injured," New York police said on Twitter. NBC New York reported that eight people were dead, citing officials.

New York police said a box truck drove onto a bike path on West Street a few blocks north of Chambers Street and hit multiple people on the bike path. The truck collided with another vehicle, and the suspect got out "displaying imitation firearms" before he was shot by police.

"You could see cyclists and pedestrians badly injured," said MSNBC correspondent and producer Louis Burgdorf, who was outside a building where Canal Street meets the West Side Highway, which is north of Chambers and the highway.

Initially, the incident was reported as a shooting near Chambers Street and the West Side Highway.

A spokesperson said that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was on the way to the area and that there was "no active threat." New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was also headed to the scene.

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