Eight people were killed and 12 wounded after a truck hit pedestrians in Lower Manhattan in New York on Tuesday. Five of these victims were Argentine citizens, says a statement here.
The five celebrated their thirtieth anniversary of graduation from the Polytechnic School of Rosario in Argentina, Efe.
The statement issued by the Argentine Foreign Ministry identified the five as Hernán Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damian Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernán Ferruchi.
In addition, Martin Ludovico Marro, a wounded Argentine national, was also admitted to the Manhattan Presbyterian Hospital. He is safe, according to hospital sources.
“Compatriots, the city of Rosario (east), were part of a group of friends to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his exit from the Polytechnic School of this city (Rosario) when he arrived the tragic event,” declared the statement.
The Argentine government has expressed “sincere condolences” and said that the Consulate General in New York continues to work in “permanent contact” with the police and the hospital where Marro and their parents admitted to Argentina.
Argentine President Mauricio Macri tweeted that he felt “deeply moved by the terrorist attack”.
The attack took place southwest of Manhattan, where a man plowed his leased pedestrians and bicycles in riding a bike path near the shore of the Hudson River truck.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio described the attack as a “particularly cowardly act of terrorism.”
The assailant was identified as the media, as Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbek immigrant who resides in Florida.
The authorities confirmed that the 29-year-old assaulted bullied man was taken to the hospital.