Timeline of attacks in New York City

A street is blocked off after a man driving a rental truck killed eight people on a jogging and bike path in Lower Manhattan on Oct 31, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK CITY (REUTERS) - An attack in New York City on Tuesday (Oct 31) in which a man driving a pickup truck killed eight people and injured at least 12 others shook residents of the country's most populous city.

The suspect was shot by police and taken into custody after what the authorities described as a terrorist incident.

The following are some of the other attacks carried out in New York in recent years:

2017 - James Harris Jackson, a 28-year-old white man, stabbed Timothy Caughman, an African-American, multiple times with a sword in March. Caughman died of his injuries and Jackson told police he travelled to the city from Maryland to kill black men.

2016 - Three bombs exploded in the New York area - two in Manhattan's Chelsea neighbourhood and one in New Jersey - in September, wounding 31 people. Several unexploded bombs were also found. The suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahimi of New Jersey, was captured after a shootout with police. Rahimi, now 29, who was born in Afghanistan, was influenced by anti-American materials believed to be produced by Islamist militant group Al-Qaeda, prosecutors said.

2010 - Times Square was evacuated in May when a car bomb that failed to explode was found in a sport utility vehicle. Faisal Shahzad, a naturalised American and Taleban-trained militant, later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

2008 - An individual detonated a small pipe bomb in front of the US Armed Forces recruiting station in Times Square in March. There were no injuries.

2001 - On the morning of Sept 11, members of Al-Qaeda flew two passenger planes into the north and south towers of Manhattan's World Trade Centre. The attacks, which involved a third plane that crashed into the Pentagon and a plane that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killed 2,996 people and injured more than 6,000 others.

The death toll included some 2,600 people who were in the World Trade Centre and on the ground in the subsequent collapse of the towers.

1997 - Palestinian teacher Ali Hassan Abu Kamal opened fire on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in February, killing one person and wounding six others before shooting himself.

1994 - Lebanese-born immigrant Rashid Baz shot at a van of Orthodox Jewish students on the Brooklyn Bridge, killing one and wounding three others.

1993 - Militants detonated a truck bomb below the North Tower of the World Trade Centre in February, killing six people and injuring more than a thousand.

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