Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Five friends from Argentina among those killed in terror attack in New York



Five friends from Argentina were among those killed in a truck attack in New York on Tuesday.

 
Eight people were killed and 11 injured when the driver of the truck hit people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan.


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


US President Donald Trump has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to "step up" vetting measures in the wake of the attack.


The suspect reportedly shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest") as he left the truck. Officials said it was a terror attack - the deadliest in the city since the 11 September attacks.


Saipov is pictured here in an arrest photo after he failed to pay a traffic citation in St. Charles County, Missouri 2016
Saipov

A note was found in the truck that referred to so-called Islamic State, law enforcement sources were quoted as saying by US media.


The deaths of the five Argentines were confirmed by the country's foreign ministry. They were part of a group of 10 friends in New York to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their graduation from a polytechnic college in the central city of Rosario, Argentine media said.
Five members of this group of Argentinian friends were killed when a terrorist ran them and others down in New York on Tuesday. The murdered men are Hernán Diego Mendoza (far left), Alejandro Damián Pagnucco (second from left), Ariel Erlij (third from left), Diego Enrique Angelini (second from right) and Hernán Ferruchi (third from right). A sixth friend, Martin Ludovico Marro (not pictured), was injured
Five members of this group of Argentinian friends were killed when a terrorist ran them and others down in New York on Tuesday. The murdered men are Hernán Diego Mendoza (far left), Alejandro Damián Pagnucco (second from left), Ariel Erlij (third from left), Diego Enrique Angelini (second from right) and Hernán Ferruchi (third from right). A sixth friend, Martin Ludovico Marro (not pictured), was injured


One of the men who died, steel firm owner Ariel Erlij, helped pay for the friends' trip, La Nación newspaper reported (in Spanish).


Ariel Erlij was one of the Argentinians killed in the attack
Ariel Erlij

Argentina's foreign ministry named the men - all reportedly aged 48 or 49 - as Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damian Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernan Ferruch. Another of the friends, Martin Ludovico Marro, is being treated in hospital.


Three days of mourning have been declared in Rosario, Clarín newspaper reported. President Mauricio Macri expressed his "deep condolences" for the victims' families on Twitter.


A Belgian national was also killed, Belgium's foreign minister said. Two other victims have not yet been identified.


NYPD officer Ryan Nash (above), 28, is being credited with stopping the attack from becoming worse by shooting Saipov
Officer Ryan Nash

This is the chaotic scene at the site of the crash, after Saipov and his alleged victims were taken to hospital

This is the chaotic scene at the site of the crash, after Saipov and his alleged victims were taken to hospital




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