A motorist driving a rented Home Depot (HD) pickup truck plowed into pedestrian along the West Side bike path near New York City's Financial District killing at least eight people and injured several more Tuesday.

"This is a very painful day in our city," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference. "Based on the information we had at this moment, this was an act of terror, a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians."

Zuhdi Jasser of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy called the terrorist attack an act of war by extremist.

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