The suspected terrorist who rammed a truck into pedestrians in Lower Manhattan on Monday, killing 8, reportedly left a note in the rental truck crediting ISIS with the deadly attack.
According to ABC News, an official connected to the investigation said that Sayfullo Saipov, 29, left a note written in Arabic in the Home Depot rental truck he used in the attack claiming an allegiance to the Islamic State extremist group. Authorities have not yet revealed the specific contents of the note.
CNN reports that he also shouted “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is Great,” according to witnesses who spoke to officials.
Saipov reportedly accelerated his truck into a crowd of pedestrians and cyclists in a bike bath along the Westside Highway late Monday afternoon, before crashing into a school bus. After he got out of the truck, he reportedly waved two fake guns before police shot him in the abdomen, subduing him with a non-fatal injury. He is expected to survive.
The suspect is a native of Uzbekistan and reportedly moved to the United States in 2010. As CrimeOnline previously reported, a friend of Saipov’s reportedly said that he was a “friendly” Uber driver.
According to CNN, Saipov most recently lived in New Jersey but also lived in Florida for a time. He has had some previous interactions with law enforcement, for misdemeanor offenses related to traffic violations. There is no criminal history of violence.
Five of the people killed were tourists visiting from Argentina. Stay with CrimeOnline for more information about the attack victims as it becomes available.
[Feature photo: Police handout]