US Newspapers — New york truck attack kills eight; suspect diagnosed as uzbek-born immigrant
New york truck attack kills 8; suspect identified as uzbek-born immigrant
Investigators worked through the night to determine what led a truck driver to plow down people on a riverfront bike path near the World Trade Center, brandishing air guns and yelling God is great in Arabic as his deadly route of terror ended with a crash, authorities said. Eight people were killed and 11 seriously injured in a Halloween afternoon attack that the mayor called a particularly cowardly act of terror. The driver identified by officials as an immigrant from Uzbekistan was in critical condition but expected to survive after a police officer shot him in the abdomen. A roughly twomile stretch of highway in downtown Manhattan was shut down for the investigation. Authorities also converged on a New Jersey home and a van in a parking lot at a New Jersey Home Depot store. Authorities were scrutinizing a note found inside the attackers rented truck, according to two law enforcement officials who were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation and spoke on the condition of anonymity. Police and the FBI urged members of the public to give them any photos or video that could help. The attack echoed a strategy that the Islamic State group has been suggesting to its followers. While police didnt specifically blame any group for the strike, President Donald Trump railed against the Islamic State and declared enough and NOT IN THE U.S.A.The victims reflected a city that is a melting pot and a magnet for visitors One of the dead was from Belgium. Five were from Argentina and were celebrating the 30th anniversary of a school graduation, according to officials in those countries. The injured included students and staffers on a school bus that the driver rammed. This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at people going about their lives who had no idea what was about to hit them, said Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat. Officials who were not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on the condition of anonymity identified the slight, bearded attacker as Sayfullo Saipov, a 29yearold who came to the U.S. legally in 2010. He has a Florida drivers license but may have been staying in New Jersey, they said. Records show Saipov was a commercial truck driver who formed a pair of businesses in Ohio. He had also driven for Uber, the ridehailing company said. An Ohio marriage license shows that a truck driver with one of Saipovs addresses and his name, spelled slightly differently, married a fellow Uzbek in 2013.During his time in Fort Myers, Florida, several years ago, Saipov was a very good person, an acquaintance, Kobiljon Matkarov, told The New York Times. He liked the U.S. He seemed very lucky, and all the time, he was happy and talking like everything is OK. He did not seem like a terrorist, but I did not know him from the inside, Matkarov said. He said Saipov later moved to New Jersey and began driving for Uber. San Franciscobased Uber said he started over six months ago. Police said the attacker rented the truck at about 2 p.m. at a New Jersey Home Depot and then went into New York City, entering the bike path about an hour later and speeding toward the World Trade Center, the site of the deadliest terror attack in U.S. history. He barreled along the bike path in the truck for the equivalent of about 14 blocks, or around eighttenths of a mile, before slamming into a small yellow school bus. A person hopped out of the car with two guns and started yelling and screaming, said a 12yearold student who had just left a nearby school. They were yelling Allahu Akbar. The student, whose mother asked that his name be withheld, said he ran back into the school, where students cried and huddled in a corner. Video shot by bystanders showed Saipov walking through traffic wielding what looked like two handguns, but which police later said were a paintball gun and a pellet gun. A police officer shot Saipov when he wouldnt drop the weapons, police said. The mayhem set off pa…
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