Argentina’s Macri to pay tribute to truck attack victims in NY


BUENOS AIRES: Argentine President Mauricio Macri is set to travel to New York to pay tribute to the victims of the bike path truck attack and seek investments, his office said Saturday.

Five of the eight people killed in the October 31 attack were friends from Argentina celebrating the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation.

An Argentine national is also among the 12 people injured, while four other Argentines — all from the same group — survived the attack unscathed.

Macri, who travels to New York late Sunday with his wife Juliana Awada, is set to hold a ceremony at 9 AM (8 PM PST) at the site of the truck attack.

The previously scheduled two-day visit will include meetings with business people interested to invest in Argentina, as well as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, a government statement said.

Sayfullo Saipov — a 29 year-old immigrant from Uzbekistan — is under arrest on terrorism charges for allegedly driving a rented pickup truck down the mile-long stretch of bike path in Manhattan and hitting cyclists along the way.