Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbek national, was identified in news reports as the driver accused of ramming a Home Depot rental truck into people on a bike path in lower Manhattan, killing at least eight and injuring multiple more, in a frightening “act of terror” that unfolded almost in the shadow of the World Trade Center memorial.
He is an Uzbek national who has been in the United States for seven years, according to NBC and CNN. Online records show he worked as a commercial truck driver and had ties to Ohio as well. Although in the country for only about seven years, he’d had contact with law enforcement in many states for minor traffic violations, showing a mobile life.
The suspect was shot by a New York police officer in the abdomen after leaping from the truck with paintball and pellet guns while shouting “Allahu Akbar,” and is in custody, New York’s top officials confirmed in the press conference. According to CNN, the FBI has taken over responsibility for the investigation and is considering the attack to be terrorism. It was the city’s deadliest terrorist attack since September 11, 2001.
We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2017
New York City terror attack suspect is a 29-year-old Uzbekistan national https://t.co/2jtpE7ZFTu
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) October 31, 2017
Attacker behind deadly rampage in NY is an Uzbek national who entered US lawfully. Uzbekistan is not on the list of Trump’s banned countries
— Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) October 31, 2017