Police have found a note inside the truck that was used Tuesday in the attack in Manhattan that indicates the suspect claimed to have carried out the attack for ISIS. Officials said eight people were killed and 11 injured at a bike path before police shot and arrested a suspect, identified as Sayfullo Saipov. Saipov allegedly crashed the truck into a school bus, got out with two fake guns and shouted “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is Great” before he was shot. Among the victims are five Argentines and a woman from Belgium.
Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov is from Uzbekistan in Central Asia but had been living in the US since 2010. He was issued a Class A commercial truck license in 2010, apparently originally in New Jersey and then in Florida. Recently he was driving for Uber.
Law enforcement sources said Saipov rented the truck from a Home Depot in Passaic, New Jersey, at around 2 p.m. and drove to Manhattan. The truck was driven onto the West Side Highway bike path at around 3:05 p.m., police said.
President Trump responded to the attack on Twitter. He tweeted “We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!” And another tweet of the President said: “I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!”