New York City beefs up security following terror attack in lower Manhattan

NEW YORK — Just two days after the deadliest terror attack in New York City since 9/11, the city, on Thursday, reopened the bike path where 8 people were killed after a lone wolf attacker drove his rental truck through bikers and pedestrians in lower Manhattan last Tuesday.

A makeshift memorial with flowers and balloons is growing along the bike path.

This chalk drawing on the bike lane shows the general sentiment of New Yorkers saying, “We are stronger, we are NYC.”

Meanwhile, as New York City plays host to one of the biggest marathons in the world of sports this weekend, key areas such as Times Square have beefed up security, heavily armed counter-terrorism forces have been deployed, including K-9 crime fighters have been making their rounds in crowded New York streets.

These Filipino teachers say they feel safe as they tour around Times Square.

But as the city continues to mourn the loss of 8 innocent people, the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Halloween terror assault; although it did not provide any proof to support such claim.

On Wednesday, the 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant named Sayfullo Saipov was charged in federal court with acting in support of ISIS — by plowing his rental truck 20 blocks down a riverside bike trail, killing 8 and injuring a dozen last Tuesday.

Court documents say Saipov had been inspired by watching isis videos online and had planned the attack a year ago.

Despite the recent attack, organizers of the TCS New York Marathon says the 26.2-mile marathon, attended by 50,000 runners from 126 countries will go on as planned on Sunday.

“You can’t stop a lunatic like that, but at the same time, we just hope that, prayers and thoughts go to those victims that are affected, but I’m optimistic about Sunday,” said runner Meb Keflezighi.

“We work very closely with the city, the state and federal agencies all year long on this, so I think there’s nothing to worry about. They’re the best at what they do here in New York,” said Peter Ciaccia, president and director of the NYC marathon. It’s going to be a celebration of the spirit of humanity here in New York.”

Some marathoners believe that the running community is so resilient that there is no stopping them from running on Sunday, to show the world that they can come back from tragedy and live their lives as normal as possible.

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  • Santiago Del Mundo
    11 November 2017 at 12:14 am - Reply

    I am just wondering what the federal judge in Hawaii is saying about the recent terror attack in New York since he blocked the president’s travel ban?