Incident Summary:

10/31/2017: An assailant driving a Home Depot rental truck entered a bike path in an attempt to run over civilians on the West Side Highway in Lower Manhattan, New York City, United States. Following the initial attack, the assailant exited the vehicle and was shot by a police officer after displaying imitation firearms. At least eight people, including two citizens from the United States, five Argentinian tourists, and one Belgian tourist, were killed and 13 other people, including the assailant, were injured in the attack. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed that the assailant, identified as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, was "one of the caliphate soldiers;" however, sources doubted the veracity of this claim. Authorities also recovered a note from the vehicle in which Saipov pledged allegiance to ISIL.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:
The incident occurred along the West Side Highway in Lower Manhattan.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity New York City Department of Education
Specific Description School Bus
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians: Anne Laure Decadt, Darren Drake, and Nicholas Cleves
Nationality of Target Multinational
Target Type: Tourists
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Tourists: Hernan Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damian Pagnucco
Nationality of Target Argentina
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Fake Weapons
Weapon Details
A rental pickup truck and replica firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included tourists from Argentina and Belgium and civilians from the United States. The victims were identified as Ariel Erlij, Hernan Ferruchi, and Martin Ludovico Marro. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 13 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 2
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 13
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"Vehicles as weapons: New York City crash is part of a deadly trend," CNN Wire, October 31, 2017.
"ISIS claims responsibility for New York truck attack," New York Daily News, November 2, 2017.
"NYC Attack: ISIS and Islamic Extremists Have Threatened New York for Years," MSNBC Newsweek, November 1, 2017.