Tourists from Argentina, Belgium among dead in Manhattan terrorist truck attack
Most of the dead and wounded were tourists.
Five of those killed after a terrorist plowed a rental truck through a lower Manhattan bike path were Argentine high school pals celebrating their reunion, according to consulate officials.
The Argentine government identified the slain as Hernan Mendoza, Diego Angelini, Alejandro Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernan Ferruchi.
The vacationers spent the brisk, sunny afternoon pedaling along the Hudson River when the merciless 29-year-old suspect stormed toward them in a Home Depot flatbed truck.
Martin Marro, suffered critical injuries to his neck during the attack and is recovering at a hospital, according to police sources and the consulate.
Marro was among the 10 in the South American alumni group who were celebrating their 30-year reunion from a Rosario grade school, about 200 miles northwest of Bueno Aires, according to Argentina’s Foreign Ministry.
Eight members of the group posed for a photo minutes before taking off from a Islas Malvinas airport in Rosario for NYC, according to La Nacion. All of them were sporting “Libre” shirts, the Spanish word for free.
High-ranking cops rushed a fraught couple flanked by a member of the Argentine consulate into Lower Manhattan Hospital shortly after the rampage.
Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders said one person from the European nation had died and three more were hurt in the attack.
The suspect ended his rampage after ramming a school bus.
The crash sent the driver and at least one special needs student to a nearby hospital, according to police sources. Both have since been released from Bellevue Hospital.
Sources said four teens and a German tourist were also among the wounded.