DFA: No Filipino casualties in New York truck attack

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 01 2017 12:21 PM

MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs said there are no Filipinos casualties in an attack in New York City on Wednesday, where at least 8 people were killed.

The DFA said Filipinos were immediately advised by the consulate in New York to stay away from the crime scene at Chamber and West Streets in lower Manhattan.

"The Philippines extends its deepest sympathies and is one with the United States government and the American people in condemning this unspeakable act of terror," Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said.

Consul General Theresa Dizon-De Vega said Filipinos should be vigilant if they would still want to participate in the annual Halloween Parade that will be held on the same day near the scene of the incident.

At least 8 people were killed and numerous others wounded when a man rammed a pickup truck into pedestrians in lower Manhattan, and collided with a school bus.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called the attack an "act of terror" but authorities have not definitively linked the suspect to the Islamic State.

The 29-year-old suspect was shot by the police and was arrested after the attack. Authorities said the suspect acted alone.

International media, citing senior law enforcement sources, claimed the attack was carried out by the suspect in the name of ISIS, after finding a note written by him in the truck.