For the primary time since Sep 11, lethal terrorism returned to New York’s streets Tuesday in an obvious lone-wolf assault that claimed at the least eight harmless lives.
A 29-yr-previous man, reportedly yelling “Allahu akbar,” drove a rental truck right into a crowd of pedestrians and bicyclists alongside the West Aspect Freeway — simply blocks from Floor Zero — then received out.
An NYPD officer prevented a extra calamitous toll by capturing the perp, ending the fear spree.
New York has remained Terror Goal No. 1 for the previous sixteen years. Throughout that point, the NYPD has thwarted dozens of plots, together with plans to assault landmarks and the subway.
However not till Tuesday had any terrorist succeeded in inflicting fatalities. That he was in a position to take action underscores each the persevering with menace — and the problem of detecting lone-wolf attackers.
New York thus joins the tragic record of cities, each right here and overseas, which have lately confronted horrific truck assaults.
The problem now, as Gov. Cuomo stated, is to not let it deter us. New York’s spirit wasn’t damaged in 2001, and it gained’t be now.