Reports: Manhattan truck attack suspect identified as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov
Unnamed officials have identified the suspect behind the Manhattan truck attack as 29-year-old Uzbek citizen Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov. Witnesses said the attacker allegedly shouted "Allahu Akbar!" (Arabic for "God is great") after jumping out of the truck, which he used to mow down several people. The attacker reportedly left behind a note in the truck saying he committed the attack on behalf of ISIS.
At least 8 people were killed and 11 injured when a pickup truck driver mowed down cyclists and pedestrians near the World Trade Center in Manhattan. The attacker jumped out of the truck with a gun in each hand (later found to be fake), following which he was shot in the abdomen. The attacker has undergone surgery and is expected to survive.
Unnamed officials told the Associated Press that Saipov moved to the US from Uzbekistan in 2010 and is a green card holder. Saipov possesses a Florida driver's license but reportedly lives in Paterson, New Jersey, where he has a wife and two young children. Saipov's friend told the New York Post that the attack suspect was "very friendly" and an Uber driver.
Following the attack, pro-ISIS groups on encrypted chat mobile app Telegram, rejoiced and voiced their joy over the deaths in New York. Some even posted morbid photos and posters to commemorate the incident. ISIS hasn't officially claimed responsibility for the attack.
The New York Police Department is treating the attack as an "act of terror." New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said, "There's no evidence to suggest a wider plot or a wider scheme. These are the actions of one individual meant to cause pain and harm and probably death." US President Donald Trump said the attacker was a "very sick and deranged person."
In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2017