The man who drove a car into a crowd in Times Square killing one person and injuring 22 others, served in the US Navy and has a criminal record, New York’s mayor says, adding authorities did not believe it was a terror attack.

“Based on the information that we have at this moment, there is no indication that this was an act of terrorism,” Bill de Blasio told a news conference at the scene of the incident, which happened shortly before midday.

City authorities were nevertheless deploying extra police from anti-terror units to key locations around America’s most populous city, he said.

— AFP

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