A driver ploughed his pickup truck into a crowded bike path along the Hudson River in Manhattan on Tuesday, killing 8 people and injuring 11 others. The attack is being termed as the worst terror attack in New York since 9/11. The attacker identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov ran his track into the crowded pathway and only came to a halt after he rammed into a school bus which prompted him to jump out running up and down waving his pellet gun and paintball gun and shouting. He was shouting “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is great,” before he was shot in the abdomen by the officer and he remains in critical condition.
Mr Saipov came to the United States from Uzbekistan in 2010 and had a green card that allowed permanent legal residence. He had apparently lived in Paterson, N.J., and Tampa, Fla. An official said he rented the truck from a Home Depot in New Jersey.
He has been on the federal authorities’ radar in a classified investigation which the FBI home and Department of Homeland Security declined to disclose as it was in relations to national security. According to intelligence sources, Saipov is likely to have been acting in response to recent ISIS calls for attacks that involve ramming trucks and cars into crowded areas and pedestrians that are more common in Europe.