5 of dead in NYC attack from Argentina

The Argentine foreign ministry has identified its citizens killed in the bike path attack near the World Trade Center.

They are Hernan Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damian Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij, and Hernan Ferruchi.

The ministry also says one of its citizens, Martin Ludovico Marro, is recovering from injuries at Manhattan's Presbyterian Hospital.

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The victims were part of a group of friends celebrating the 30th anniversary of their graduation from the Polytechnic School of Rosario, Argentina.

In a photo provided by the family of one of the victims, the group was seen at the airport in Rosario, Argentina before their trip. The group is wearing shirts with Libre (Free) printed across the chest.

The government gave its condolences and said that all Argentines are sharing in this terrible moment of profound sadness.

At a news conference Wednesday morning, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said all of the foreign victims of the attack would be considered New Yorkers from now on.

Investigators are working to determine what led a pickup truck driver to mow down people on a riverfront bike path near the World Trade Center, killing eight.

New York's mayor called Tuesday's attack "a particularly cowardly act of terror."

The driver is in critical condition after police shot him in the abdomen.

Authorities said after crashing the truck, he brandished air guns and yelled what witnesses said was "Allahu Akbar," which is Arabic for "God is great."

Officials who weren't authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity identified the attacker as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov. They say he came to the U.S. legally from Uzbekistan in 2010.

One of the dead is from Belgium.

In all, 10 patients were transported to NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital.

-3 patients were in fair condition.
-2 patients were in good condition.
-3 patients were in critical condition.
-2 patients died.

 

With the Associated Press

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