New York City, USA: One World Trade Center is glowing in red, white and blue following the terror attack in lower Manhattan Tuesday by 29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, Uzbekistan national, who came to the United States in 2010. Eight people were killed on Tuesday when Sayfullo Saipov, shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ plowed a rented pickup truck down a bike lane that runs along the West Side Highway in Lower Manhattan, officials said.
The pickup smashed into a school bus before the driver jumped out and was shot by a police officer, the authorities said. Law enforcement officials said that as the attacker ran from the truck, he was heard still yelling, ‘Allahu Akbar’ meaning “God is great” in Arabic. When Sayfullo Saipov jumped out of the pickup truck he had fake weapons: a paintball gun and a pellet gun.
The truck was rented from a nearby Home Depot in Passaic, New Jersey, around 2 p.m. on Tuesday , an hour or so before the attack occurred.
Uber confirmed NYC terror suspect, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, was a driver for ride-hailing app.
Sayfullo Saipov, 29 was shot in the abdomen and remains in critical condition on Tuesday night. He came to the United States in 2010 and was a permanent legal resident.
Investigators discovered handwritten notes in Arabic near the truck that indicated allegiance to the Islamic State. But as of Tuesday night investigators had not uncovered evidence of any direct or enabling ties between Mr. Saipov and the militant group and were treating the episode as a case of an “inspired” attacker.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said at a briefing, “There’s no evidence that suggests a wider plot or a wider scheme.” He said the episode was “the action of one individual who meant to cause pain and harm and probably death, and the resulting terror.”
“All the evidence we have suggests that he was acting alone,” Cuomo said. “The so-called ‘Lone Wolf syndrome.’ You have to remember a couple of years ago they [ISIS] telegraphed this, that they were going to individual acts, they said ‘use a knife, use a car, use a truck, use whatever you can get. That’s what this was.” Cuomo said.
Cuomo said that Saipov attacked the first heavy-pedestrian area he could find upon renting the truck and entering Manhattan. He stressed that police have found no evidence that Saipov had accomplices in the act.
The New York police commissioner, James P. O’Neill, added, “This incident is over.”
Six of the eight people who were killed were pronounced dead on the West Side Highway, said Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro. He said the two others were pronounced dead at a hospital. Officials are calling the episode the deadliest terrorist attack on New York City since Sept. 11, 2001.
Commissioner Nigro said 11 people were taken to hospitals with serious but not life-threatening injuries. Others who were injured may have left the scene on their own, he said.
President Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he had ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to implement tougher vetting procedures in the wake of the deadly attack in New York City.
“I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!” Trump said.
In his previous tweets, Trump called the terrorist a “sick and deranged person” and said the U.S. “must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country.”
Hillary Clinton tweeted a message of support and resilience for those killed and impacted by a suspected terror attack in New York City Tuesday.
“New York’s resilience is stronger than a cowardly act of terror. Thinking of the victims, their families, & the responders who saved lives,” Clinton tweeted Tuesday.
It’s understood that among the dead are five Argentinian friends who were on holiday in the city. A Belgian woman, who was visiting Manhattan with her mother and sister, was also killed. The identity of the other two victims is not yet known.
Despite the attack, New York City’s 44th annual Village Halloween Parade went ahead as planned.
The Argentine foreign ministry later identified its citizens killed in the bike path attack near the World Trade Center. They are Hernan Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damian Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij, and Hernan Ferruchi. The ministry also says one of its citizens, Martin Ludovico Marro, is recovering from injuries at Manhattan’s Presbyterian Hospital. The victims were part of a group of friends celebrating the 30th anniversary of their graduation from the Polytechnic School of Rosario, Argentina. The government gave its condolences and said that all Argentines are sharing in this terrible moment of profound sadness.
Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev also offered condolences to families of the victims in a statement Wednesday.Uzbekistan borders Afghanistan and is one of the most closed off post-Soviet republics. Previously, Uzbek officially never commented or acknowledged any security incidents abroad involving Uzbek nationals.
The suspect, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, won a green card visa through the Diversity Visa Lottery Program and came to America legally as a permanent resident in 2010.