Manhattan Terror Attack Using vehicles as weapons in Europe and America

A pickup driver ploughed a truck into cyclists and pedestrians in New York on Tuesday, killing eight people in the first deadly "act of terror" in the city since September 11, 2001.

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Investigators inspect a truck following a shooting incident in New York on October 31, 2017 play

Investigators inspect a truck following a shooting incident in New York on October 31, 2017

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A pickup driver ploughed a truck into cyclists and pedestrians in New York on Tuesday, killing eight people in the first deadly "act of terror" in the city since September 11, 2001.

Vehicles have previously been used as weapons of terror, often by supporters of the Islamic State (IS) group, attacking nations in the US-led coalition fighting the jihadists in Iraq and Syria.

Barcelona's Las Ramblas

On August 17, a driver deliberately runs a van into crowds on Barcelona's popular Las Ramblas Boulevard, in what police say is a "terrorist attack".

It is followed hours later by a car attack in the seaside resort town of Cambrils.

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Graphic on major deadly attacks using vehicles this year.

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Fifteen people are killed in the carnage.

All members of the terror cell behind the attacks are either killed or arrested by Spanish police.

Charlottesville

On August 12, at a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, a 32-year-old woman is killed and others injured when a car rammed, deliberately according to eyewitnesses, into a crowd of counter-protesters.

London targeted

On March 22, 2017, a 52-year-old British convert to Islam, Khalid Masood, mows down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge near parliament and stabs a policeman, killing five people and injuring around 50 before being shot dead by police. The attack is claimed by IS.

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A picture shows the Union flag atop the Houses of Parliament flying at half-mast in central London on March 23, 2017

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On June 3, the British capital is hit again when three attackers strike pedestrians with a van and go on a stabbing spree wearing fake suicide vests in bars in the London Bridge area. Eight people are killed before the assailants are shot dead by police. The attack is also claimed by IS.

On June 19, a van drives into a crowd of Muslim worshippers near a mosque in London's Finsbury Park area. One man dies and another 11 people are injured. A 47-year-old man is arrested and charged with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder.

Nice attack, Champs-Elysees hit

On July 14, 2016, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian, ploughs a 19-tonne truck into a Bastille Day crowd, killing 86 people on the famous beachfront avenue.

IS later claims Bouhlel as one of its followers.

- On June 19, 2017, Adam Dzaziri, a 31-year-old who had sworn allegiance to the IS, is killed when he rams a car loaded with guns and a gas canister into a police van on Paris's Champs-Elysees. No one else is injured.

- On August 19, 2017, a 36-year-old Algerian man, named as Hamou B., drives a BMW into a group of soldiers outside a barracks in the western Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, injuring six. After a car chase, police shoot and wound the suspect.

Stockholm shopping street

An April 7, 2017, a truck attack in the Swedish capital kills five people, including an 11-year-old Swedish girl, a Briton, and one Belgian. Fifteen others are injured.

An Uzbek national, Rakhmat Akilov, 39, confesses to using a stolen beer truck to mow down pedestrians on Stockholm's busiest shopping street Drottninggatan. According to Uzbek police, he had tried to join IS in 2015.

Berlin Christmas market

Medics attend to an injured person after a truck crashed into a christmas market at Gedächtniskirche church in Berlin, on December 19, 2016 killing at least nine people and injuring at least 50 people play

Medics attend to an injured person after a truck crashed into a christmas market at Gedächtniskirche church in Berlin, on December 19, 2016 killing at least nine people and injuring at least 50 people

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On December 19, 2016, Tunisian national Anis Amri, 24, hijacks a truck and slams into a crowd of people at a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 and injuring 48.

Amri is shot dead by Italian police in Milan four days later after travelling through several European countries. IS claims responsibility.

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