“Allahu Akbar” says it all. Sayfullo Saipov’s motive was obvious: Kill the infidels.
Did Sayfullo Saipov act alone in the attack?
Police were quick to rule the deadly encounter in Manhattan an act of terrorism and said Saipov acted on his own.
“This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo also said the suspect acted on his own.
“The new terrorist tactics, which they have called for publicly, are lone wolves that can make an act of terror,” Cuomo said.
Did Saipov have any ties to ISIS?
Law enforcement sources said Saipov left a handwritten note in the truck claiming he committed the attack on behalf of ISIS, according to WNBC New York.
The N.Y. Post also reported he left an image of an ISIS flag in the rented vehicle. U.S. intelligence officials have said no terrorist group is claiming responsibility for the attack. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saipov is believed to have acted alone.
What is Sayfullo Saipov’s Uzbekistan connection?
Sayfullo Saipov came to the United States from Uzbekistan in 2010, according to a NBC News report in 2010. He had addresses in Florida and New Jersey, working different jobs as a driver.
Uzbekistan, in central Asia, is a former Soviet republic.
What is Sayfullo Saipov’s Tampa connection?
Saipov reportedly had a Florida driver’s license with a Tampa address, but it wasn’t clear how recently he lived there.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott was briefed by Florida state law enforcement, and released a statement saying: “I am absolutely disgusted by the act of terror that occurred in Manhattan today. All of Florida is praying for the victims, their families and our brave law enforcement and first responders.”
What is Sayfullo Saipov’s New Jersey connection?
Saipov lived in Paterson for a few months, according to a man who said he was Saipov’s neighbor and did not want to be identified. The neighbor said he often saw Saipov around the neighborhood with his wife and two children. The neighbor also said he saw Saipov standing on the corner talking to friends and frequently invited them into his home.
On Tuesday night, police had surrounded a mosque and nearby garden apartments in Paterson, as well as a parking lot at a Home Depot in Passaic.
Omar Khan, a 17-year-old who said he prays at the Paterson mosque five times a day, said he does not recall ever seeing Saipov at prayer.
Deputy Chief Christopher Storzillo, a spokesman for the Passaic Police, said the department was involved in a “multi-jurisdictional investigation.” However, he refused to answer any other questions about the investigation.
Did Sayfullo Saipov have a criminal history?
There were no known pending charges against Saipov prior to Tuesday.
However, NJ Advance Media reported Tuesday that police stopped Saipov twice in Pennsylvania. The most-recent stop happened in Mount Holly Springs Borough, Pennsylvania, just south of Carlisle, in March 2015. Court records show he gave police a Paterson address.
He also was stopped in 2012 in Palmyra, Pennsylvania, just east of Hershey, and also listed a Paterson address.
Did Sayfullo Saipov have a family?
A friend of Saipov’s on Tuesday night said the man suspected in Tuesday’s deadly attacks had a wife and two children and lived in an apartment in Paterson.
The same man said Saipov drove a white Toyota Sienna with Florida license plates. Saipov, the man said, had lived in Paterson for a few months.
Where did Saipov get the truck he allegedly drove into the crowds?
The rental truck was from Home Depot. In order to rent a truck at Home Depot, drivers have to give a driver’s license, insurance information and a credit card deposit, a spokesman said. Home Depot offers flatbed pickup trucks for $50 down and $19 for the first 75 minutes, according to its website.
A Home Depot in Passaic remained open amid police presence Tuesday night, and authorities refused to answer questions.
Home Depot’s national office said it was working with the New York Police Department.
All the information in the world won’t trump the single most important fact about this terrorist: He’s a Muslim.
Ban Muslims or die. Those are the choices. I hope that the dead are the same people who defend diversity.