New York attack: Who is the suspect named as Sayfullo Saipov?

New York attack: Who is the suspect named as Sayfullo Saipov?

Sayfullo Saipov has been named as the New York attack suspect

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The New York terror attack suspect was shot by police and arrested yesterday (October 31), but who is he and what's his background? 

A man drove a hired truck along a bicycle path in Lower Manhattan hitting several pedestrians. He only stopped when colliding with a school but, but then got out holding a pellet gun and a paintball gun.

A police officer shot the man in the stomach and he is now being treated in hospital, while under arrest. The man is expected to survive his wounds and will probably be questioned by authorities over the attack.

The attack left eight dead and 11 injured. In the truck the man had left a note which said the attack was for Isis and translated it said "Isis lives forever."

Of the eight who died, five are said to be friends from Argentina who were celebrating 30 years since graduating. Another one of the dead was from Belgium.

The suspect has been named in American media as Sayfullo Saipov. It is thought that he moved to the US in 2010 from Uzbekistan and has lived in Florida, Ohio and New Jersey with a green card to work in the country.

Reports claim that the married man with three children was radicalised online and due to this was often in arguments with others and seemed to be separate from the rest of the community.

He was living in Paterson, New Jersey, according to reports, which is roughly 25 miles from the location of the attack. His home is now being searched by authorities in order to establish more about his reasoning behind the attack. He rented the truck he used nearby from Passaic, which is south of Paterson.

Summit County, Ohio has a marriage licence which states Saipov married Nozima Odilova in 2013. At the time she was 19 and he was 25. The pair both said they had been born in Uzbekistan.

The 29-year-old had been working for Uber for around six months, according to reports. An official from the company has said he did pass its background check but he has now been taken off the app.

A statement also said the company is “horrified by this senseless act of violence. Our hearts are with the victims and their families. We have reached out to law enforcement to provide our full assistance."

The only other time Saipov is said to have found himself directly in trouble with the police was in 2016 due to a traffic fine in Missouri. But three officials have claimed he was involved in a previous investigation, however it is not yet clear whether he was directly investigated or just known to someone else who was the focus. 

A woman named Dilfuza Iskhakova told The Guardian that the man had stayed with her after recently arriving in America for a few months. She said he "seemed like a nice guy, but he didn’t talk much" and claimed he worked in a warehouse but only ever "only went to work and came back."

The New York Times was told by a man named Kobiljon Matkarov that Saipov worked as a truck driver a few years ago and when he met him "he liked the US. 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.”