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NYC ‘terror’ suspect identified as Sayfullo Saipov

October 31, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
NYC ‘terror’ suspect identified as Sayfullo Saipov

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Police have identified the suspect who killed eight people and injured 11 more in New York City on Tuesday when he barreled into a bike path and then rammed a pickup truck into a crowd.

The suspected driver, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, shouted “Allahu Akbar” after the crash, law enforcement officials tell Fox News. Saipov, who was shot by police, was taken into custody and remains hospitalized.

The suspect was from Uzbekistan and had a green card, a source told Fox News. According to The Associated Press, Saipov has a Florida license but may have been living in New Jersey.

Four of the injured were teachers and students who were riding on a short yellow school bus near Stuyvesant High School when they were hit by the suspect’s Home Depot rental truck. One student remains in critical condition.

A victim killed in the attack was a Belgian citizen, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Belgium Didier Reyners tweeted on Tuesday.

Others killed in the attack were Argentine citizens, according to Argentina’s Foreign Ministry. It was not clear how many Argentines died in the attack.

The incident was being treated as a terrorist attack. At a news conference Tuesday evening, Mayor Bill de Blasio called the attack “an act of terror and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo referred to the incident as a “lone wolf” attack, and added that at this point in the investigation, there is no evidence to suggest that there was a wider plot.

Around the globe, cities have been on high alert regarding vehicle attacks. The Islamic State has been encouraging its followers to mow down people, and England, France and Germany have all seen deadly vehicle attacks in recent months and years.

Sayfullo Saipov, 29, of Florida, is accused of driving a truck through a crowd of bicyclists and pedestrians in Lower Manhattan.

Police said the truck entered the bike path on West Street a few blocks from the new World Trade Center — the site of the deadliest terror attack in U.S. history — and plowed into several people. The driver jumped out of his rental truck carrying what turned out to be a paintball gun and a pellet gun.

Video of the attack provided to Fox News by a witness shows the accused suspect running through traffic on the West Side Highway, surrounded by police in the nearby area.

Despite the attack, the city’s Halloween Parade went on as planned, with police “dramatically increasing presence,” including “personnel, blocker trucks, long guns etc.,” according to De Blasio’s press secretary. Cuomo and de Blasio both attended the annual event.

Witnesses described a scene of terror, as people fled for safety.

“Jesus! A car just ran over 2 people and then crashed into a school bus. I see two dead bodies and citibikes on the floor destroyed,” a Twitter user wrote.

The NYPD shut down the FDR Drive in order to rush victims to Bellevue Hospital.

Footage from the scene shows the lifeless bodies of at least four people lying in the street.

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