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No Filipinos injured in NY attack; PHL sends condolences

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Eight dead in suspected terrorist truck attack along Manhattan bicycle path
Photos from AFP show a handout photograph, obtained courtesy of the St. Charles County Department of Corrections in Missouri on Oct. 31, of the suspect -- initially identified as Sayfullo Saipov or Sayfullah Habibullahevic Saipov -- who killed eight people and injured 11 others in New York that day, mowing down cyclists and pedestrians, before striking a school bus in what officials branded a “cowardly act of terror,” and two from Reuters showing cops investigating a pickup truck used in the attack and parents picking up children from school after the incident. -- AFP

THE PHILIPPINES, through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), expressed its condolences following the terror attack in New York City on Oct. 31 involving a man who used a rented truck to run over pedestrians in downtown 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 S. Cayetano said in a statement. “Our hearts reach out to the families of those who lost their lives in this tragic incident in Manhattan… we also pray for the swift recovery of those who were injured,” he added. No Filipinos were reported to be among the casualties, according to the Philippine Consulate General in New York, but it advised the Filipino community “to exercise extra caution if they would still want to participate in the annual Halloween parade that will be held on Tuesday evening near the scene of the incident.” — Arjay L. Balinbin

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