New York terror attack kills 8

Terror attack in New York

At least eight people were killed when a truck driver ploughed into cyclists and pedestrians during a suspected terror attack in New York on 31 October.

The man accused of the attack was an Uber driver. It is thought he may have lived in New Jersey after emigrating from Uzbekistan seven years ago.

As New York City reels from its latest terror atrocity, police have issued the first picture of their suspect, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov.

Records show Saipov was a commercial truck driver who formed a pair of businesses in Ohio. He had also driven for Uber, the company said.

An Ohio marriage license shows a truck driver with one of Saipov’s addresses and his name. It is reported that the name is spelled slightly differently. He married a fellow Uzbek in 2013.

During his time in Fort Myers, Florida, several years ago, Saipov was “a very good person,” acquaintance, Kobiljon Matkarov, said.

“He liked the US. He seemed very lucky, and all the time, he was happy and talking like everything is okay. He did not seem like a terrorist, but I did not know him from the inside,” Mr Matkarov said.

He said Saipov later moved to New Jersey and began driving for Uber. San Francisco-based Uber said he started over six months ago.

An acquaintance, Dilnoza Abdusamatova, said Saipov briefly stayed with his family in a Cincinnati suburb upon immigrating.

“He always used to work,” Ms Abdusamatova said. “He wouldn’t go to parties or anything. He only used to come home and rest and leave and go back to work.”

Investigations into his real identity

Uzbekistan is investigating reports Saipov is a citizen of the Central Asian nation, an Uzbek Foreign Ministry official told reporters.

CNN and other US media said Saipov left a note saying he carried out the attack in the name of Isis and shouted “Allahu Akbar” – Arabic for “God is great” – when he jumped out of his truck.

President Donald Trump has responded to the attack, saying that it appears to have come from a “sick and deranged” person.

Mr Trump tweeted, “Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE USA!”

TNT News

Photo Credit: CBS New York

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