More Details About Terror Attack in Manhattan. Trace Leads To Central Asia

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More Details About Terror Attack in Manhattan. Trace Leads To Central Asia

Investigators inspect a truck following a shooting incident in New York on October 31, 2017. DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

Eight people were killed and eleven injured when a 29-year-old man in a rented pickup truck drove down a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center on October 31 in Manhattan, New York.

The suspect was identified as an immigrant from Uzbekistan Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov. Saipov came to the United States in 2010, and had a green card that allowed permanent legal residence. He had apparently lived in New Jersey and Florida.

An official said Mr. Saipov rented a truck from a Home Depot in Passaic, New Jersey, where a white Toyota minivan believed to be his was found parked. He drove the rental truck down the bike path on the west side of West Side Highway in lower Manhattan for several blocks.

Witnesses reported the suspect was yelling “something like Allahu Akbar”.  After crashing the truck into a school bus, the suspect left the vehicle while displaying imitation firearms (a pellet gun and a paintball gun) and was shot in the abdomen by a police officer, according to the NYPD.

Saipov is now out of surgery, a law enforcement source told CNN. Officers were able to talk to him before the surgery, the source said. It is not known if he told them anything.

He left a note near the truck claiming the attack was made in the name of ISIS, a senior law enforcement official said. It translated as “ISIS lives forever.”

Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that five Argentinian citizens were killed during the attack. Their names were Hernán Mendoza, Diego Angelini, Alejandro Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernán Ferruchi. Belgian officials said one of those killed and three of the injured were from Belgium.

Over the last two years, a terrorism investigation by the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the New York Police Department and federal prosecutors in Brooklyn resulted in charges against five men from Uzbekistan and one from Kazakhstan of providing material support to ISIS, with several of the men pleading guilty. It is unclear whether Saipov was connected with that investigation. In any case, the Central Asia has recently become a large recruiting base from ISIS and other radical Islamist groups.

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