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AUSTIN – Governor Abbott today issued the following statement on the attack in New York City:

   “I am shocked and saddened by the heinous terror attack carried out in New York City today. In this time of tragedy, we must remain united in confronting such acts of cowardly violence. Cecilia and I offer our thoughts and prayers to all the victims, their families, and the first responders, as well as the entire New York City community during this time.”

According to preliminary reports, at least eight people have been killed and 12 injured in New York after the driver of a truck drove through people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan.

A 29-year-old man, idenitifed as Sayfullo Saipov, who emerged from the vehicle was shot by a police officer and arrested. Reports are that Saipov is an immigrant who came to the US in 2010.

New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner James O’Neill said a vehicle rented from retailer Home Depot had struck cyclists and pedestrians while being driven along the cycle path for many blocks, before hitting a school bus and coming to a halt.

The driver emerged holding what appeared to be two handguns and made a statement “consistent with a terror attack” before being shot in the abdomen by a police officer stationed near the scene, he added. A paintball gun and a pellet gun were recovered from the scene, he said.

President Donald Trump had been briefed on the incident, the White House said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected,” spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

Mr Trump tweeted: “In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!”