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Spanish royals lead condolences after New York terror attack

The Spanish Royal Family has led the condolences after a terror attack in New York City – not far from where the World Trade Centers once stood before the terror attack of 11 September 2001 – on Tuesday afternoon.

It is believed that a 29-year-old Uzbekistan native, who has lived in the United States since 2010 and recently pledged allegiance to ISIS, carried out the attack by running over victims on a bicycle path in Lower Manhattan with a rented Home Depot truck before slamming into a school bus. The attack killed at least eight and injured 15; one child is said to be in critical condition. Five of those killed were from Argentina, and one was from Belgium.

On Twitter Tuesday evening, the Spanish Royal Family said, “Our thoughts are with the victims of the attack in Manhattan. Spain, with the American people in the fight against terror.”

Others who have expressed their solidarity and condolences include:

Belgian Royal Family: “Our thoughts are with the victims of #NewYork and their families. We wish them and the American authorities strength and resilience!”

Jordanian Royal Family: King Abdullah tweeted his condolences while on an official visit to Kazakhstan, “Deepest condolences to the families of victims of the horrific attack in New York City. Jordan stands with you in the face of such evil.”

Saudi Arabian Royal Family: “We condemn and denounce in the strongest possible terms this terrorist act, and we express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and the friendly American people on behalf of the people and the government of Saudi Arabia.We reiterate the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s position in rejecting terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and stressing the importance of international efforts to confront and eradicate it,” King Salman told US President Donald Trump.

The Crown Prince also said, “I express my deepest condolences and condemnation of this disgraceful act, which is condemned by all religions and customs. I express my deep condolences to your excellency, families of the victims and the friendly American people.”

Moroccan Royal Family: King Mohammed of Morocco sent a cable of condolence to President Trump expressing “our strong solidarity with you and our full engagement in international efforts to combat the scourge of abhorrent terrorism which is adhered to by all divine religions and universal human values. I extend to you, through you, to the families of the victims and the entire American people, my sincere condolences…and wish for the speedy recovery of the injured.”

Messages of condolence from other members of the world’s royal families will be added as they are released.

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