A group of five friends from Argentina were among the eight people killed in a terrorist attack in lower Manhattan late Tuesday afternoon.
More than 12 were injured in the attack, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.
NBC News said the suspect is Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbek national who entered the U.S. in 2010. Saipov was an Uber driver and passed the ride hailing app's background check, according to an Uber statement, the Associated Press reported.
On Tuesday afternoon, the suspect drove a Home Depot pickup truck on the West Side bicycle path, entering at Houston Street before driving southbound, striking bicyclists and pedestrians, said New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill. The truck collided with a school bus at Chambers Street, injuring two adults and two children.
The five Argentinians who died were part of a larger group of 10 friends in New York to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their graduation from school, according to Argentina's ministry of foreign affairs. Another Argentinian was injured and in hospital, the ministry said.
A Belgian national was also killed and three other Belgians injured in the attack, the country's Foreign Minister Dider Reynders confirmed.
The other two victims have not yet been named.