Iconic New York City Halloween parade marches on after attack

Iconic New York City Halloween parade marches on after attack

New York City is on high alert for the downtown Halloween parade and night of trick or treating after truck terror attack left at least eight dead and several others injured on Tuesday. According to witnesses the suspect screamed 'Allahu Akbar, ' law enforcement sources informed CNN.

Officials said that the New York's 44th annual Village Halloween Parade will still take place despite the attacks, but there will be a heavy police presence.

Police apprehended the suspect identified as Sayfullo Saipov, 29, an Uzbek national who entered the USA legally in 2010 and has been linked to Islamic State.

The parade stepped off Tuesday evening about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from where a truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists on a busy bike path hours earlier.

In a statement Wednesday morning, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke said, "As the people of NY got up this morning and began their day as normal, they once again demonstrated to the world that Americans will not be intimidated or coerced by terrorists".

Sand trucks will be rolled out along the route before the 7pm kickoff time for the parade. More police everywhere- you'll see them in the airports, you'll see them in the tunnels, ' Cuomo said. And we're living our lives, because we're not going to let the terrorists win. Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the route as the parade began.

It's a handsome thing to see NY stand up to those who threaten our city and show that nothing will stop us from doing us.

His remarks were directed right at President Trump.