Eight dead after terrorist in Home Depot truck runs down Manhattan bikers

(NY DAILY NEWS) — By Reuven Blau, Jillian Jorgensen, and Rocco Parascandola

Eight people were killed Tuesday afternoon in a terrorist attack as a rental truck plowed through helpless riders on a lower Manhattan bike path, officials said.

Driver Sayfullo Saipov yelled “Allahu Akbar!” — Arabic for “God is great!” — after running the riders down from behind, their mangled bodies left scattered behind his runaway white pickup.

The 29-year-old suspect, a native of Uzbekistan, was arrested after a hero police officer shot him in the right hip following a crash between the truck and a school bus.

Saipov, who came to the U.S. in 2010 and lived in Paterson, N.J., was waving a paintball gun and a pellet gun when Officer Ryan Nash arrived. The cop opened fire when the suspect refused to drop his weapons.

“This was an act of terror,” declared Mayor de Blasio at a somber One Police Plaza news conference. “And a particularly cowardly act of terror, aimed at innocent civilians.”

The truck jumped the curb near Houston St. at 3:04 p.m. and began bearing down on the unsuspecting bicyclists and pedestrians, officials said. Video showed crumpled two-wheelers and four bodies left in the vehicle’s deadly wake.

“I heard a truck, a car, something going down the bike path,” said eyewitness Eugene Duff, 44, who was waiting at a red light to walk across West St. “It was wrong.”

The off-duty chef watched in disbelief as the driver of the speeding truck ran down a pair of CitiBike riders about 50 feet apart, catching both from behind on the busy bike path alongside the Hudson River.