Backgrounder: Terror attacks, plots recorded in New York City since 1990s

Updated 2017-11-01 09:01:56 Xinhua
Police vehicles and ambulances are seen near the site of an attack in lower Manhattan in New York, the United States, on Oct. 31, 2017. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)

Police vehicles and ambulances are seen near the site of an attack in lower Manhattan in New York, the United States, on Oct. 31, 2017. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)

Eight people were killed and a dozen more injured after a truck plowed into pedestrians near the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan of New York on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident, which Mayor Bill de Blasio immediately called "an act of terror," is the deadliest attack that has hit this largest U.S. city with a population of over 8.5 million since the infamous 9/11 attacks of 2001.

Other major terror attacks and plots recorded in this bustling metropolis since the early 1990s include:

-- On Feb. 26, 1993, 1,200 pounds of explosives left in a rented van were detonated in a public parking garage under the World Trade Center's twin towers, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000 others.

-- On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed after two airplanes hijacked by Al-Qaeda terrorists struck into the twin towers of the World Trade Center and brought down both buildings.

-- On May 1, 2010, a crude self-made car bomb was discovered in the heart of New York City's Times Square as suspicious smoke came out of the roadside-parked vehicle. The bomb failed to explode, but thousands were forced to evacuate.

-- On Sept. 17, 2016, a homemade pressure cooker bomb went off in the Chelsea area of Manhattan, wounding 29 people.

Meanwhile, on May 18, 2017, one person was killed and 22 others injured when a car plowed into pedestrians in Times Square. Though the incident highly resembles the one occurring on Tuesday, investigators said there was no indication that it was an act of terrorism.

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