Palace ex­presses sym­pa­thy to kin of vic­tims of New York City at­tack

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THE Phi l i ppi ne gov­ern­ment on Wed­nes­day ex­pressed its sym­pa­thies to the fam­i­lies of at least 20 vic­tims of the lat­est at tack in New York City.

“We expr ess our deep sym­pa­thies to the fami l ies and fr iends of the in­no­cent vic­tims killed in a truck at tack on a New York bike path,” Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Sec­re­tary Martin An­da­nar said in a state­ment.

Mala­cañang is­sued the state­ment even as it con­firmed that there are no re­ports of Filipinos in­jured in the at­tack.

On Tues­day, a rented pickup t ruck plowed down a busy bi­cy­cle path near the World Trade Cen­ter in lower Man­hat­tan in New York City, killing at least eight peo­ple and in­jur­ing 11 other s

Au­thor i t i es re­por ted that the pickup truck smashed into a school bus bef ore the dr i ver jumped out and was shot by a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Re­ports from in­ter­nat ional press sai d t he as­sai l ant was iden­ti­fied as Say­fullo Saipov, 29, who was in cr i ti cal con­dit ion af­ter be­ing shot in the ab­domen.

A handwr i t t en note, which in­di­cates that the at­tack was car­ried out by Is­lamic State group, was al­legedly found in the truck.

An­da­nar said the Philip­pine Con­sulate Gen­eral in New York is cur­rently mon­i­tor­ing the lat­est de­vel­op­ments af­ter the at­tacks.

Mem­bers of the Filipino com­mu­nity in New York City were also ad­vised to re­main calm and vig­i­lant.

“The Phi l i ppine Con­sulate Gen­eral in New York i s closely mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion and has ad­vised the mem­ber s of the Filipino com­mu­nity in the area to re­main calm yet vig­i­lant even as there are no re­ports of Filipinos in­jured in the truck at­tack,” An­da­nar said. ( Ruth Abbey Gi ta/ SunS­tar Philip­pines)

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