Rep. Chris Collins: Attacks "All but impossible to stop"

Cuomo & Collins Both Say Vigilance Best Answer

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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - With details of what led to the deadly terror attack in New York City Tuesday, Western New York Congressman Chris Collins is on the record as saying these types of attacks are "all but impossible to stop."

"At what point do we give up some kind of freedoms in the name of safety," Collins said on WBEN Wednesday morning. "Clearly what we go through at the airports now has become second nature to us. We just expect we're going to take off our shoes and they're going to search our bag... When it comes to people in the soft targets, in this case an automobile driving down the road, it's frankly impossible to top that action."

8 killed by driver on bike path in 'cowardly act of terror'

Collins also said that he's less concerned with where the attacker is from, given the "aggressive" social media push to recruit people to carry out attacks no matter where they're from.

Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called it a "lone wolf" attack and said there was no evidence to suggest it was part of a wider plot. He too spoke of the almost inevitable nature of such attacks, saying: " New York is an international symbol of freedom and democracy, and that makes us a target for people who oppose our way of life. "

 

Cuomo has increased security at airports, bridges, tunnels and mass transit systems around the state following a vehicle attack on a bike path near the World Trade Center.

The Democratic governor has directed the lights on the spire of 1 World Trade Center be lit in red, white and blue in honor of freedom and democracy. He says additional security personnel are being deployed to high-density areas and large public gatherings.

A man in a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path near the World Trade Center memorial Tuesday, killing at least eight and seriously injuring 11 in what the mayor called "a particularly cowardly act of terror."

The driver was shot in the abdomen by police after jumping out of the truck with what turned out to be a fake gun in each hand and shouting what witnesses said was "Allahu Akbar!," Arabic for "God is great," authorities said. He underwent surgery and was expected to survive.

Officials who were not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity identified the attacker as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov and said he is from Uzbekistan and came to the U.S. in 2010. He has a Florida driver's license but may have been staying in New Jersey, they said.

 

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