Manhattan, NY–At approximately 3 PM on Halloween, a 29-year-old Uzbek national, Sayfullo Saipov, killed 8 and injured at least 15 in lower Manhattan. Driving a Home Depot flatbed truck rental, Saipov, erratically entered one of the most-used bike paths in Manhattan, ran into a large crowd of pedestrians, and ultimately rammed into a school bus. Upon leaving the crashed rental truck, authorities reported during a press conference that the suspect was heard yelling, “Allahu Akbar,” as he ran out of the vehicle. One of the children that was on the bus remains in critical condition. The attack commenced very soon after a local school’s bells rang to release students for the day.
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 31, 2017
It was not the first terrorist attack this year carried out by a Uzbek national in a truck that was driven as a weapon.
On April 7, in Stockholm, Sweden, a 39-year-old Uzbek national, Rakhmat Akilov, killed 5 and injured 14 in a truck attack. Akilov ultimately turned out to be an ISIS-sympathizer.
President Trump referred to ISIS in a tweet a few hours after the attack:
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
The Fox Business Channel reported that New York Police Department Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism, John Miller, said that the NYPD attempted to instruct local U-Haul and Home Depot locations to be wary of rentals by suspicious individuals in response to European terrorist attacks carried out by truck drivers that took place earlier in the year. Unfortunately, such police intervention failed to prevent today’s act of terrorism.
The driver in today’s deadly attack was last known to be a New Jersey Uber driver, had a Florida driver’s license, and previously lived in Tampa, Florida. He legally came to the United States in 2010 and established trucking operations in both Florida and Ohio.
Saipov fled the scene on foot with paintball and pellet guns immediately after ramming the school bus near the World Trade Center. A NYPD officer assigned to the area shot the suspect and placed him into custody. Saipov is being hospitalized for a gunshot wound to the abdomen at a local hospital.
NYPD officials have reported that a note was found in the rental truck in which Saipov admits he committed the attack for ISIS. The investigation is still active and ongoing as described in the following tweet:
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) November 1, 2017
This is a developing story.
Submitted by Lou Newman, Publisher, on October 31, 2017 at 10:15 PM
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