A terrorist mowed down cyclists in Manhattan with a truck on Tuesday, killing eight people and injuring at least 11 others. Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov drove a rental truck onto a bike path near the site of the World Trade Center and continued for several blocks before he crashed into a school bus.
Witnesses report Saipov emerged from the truck brandishing two guns and shouting “Allahu Akbar!” A uniformed police officer shot him in the abdomen. The guns were later revealed to be a paintball gun and a pellet gun.
Saipov, 29, was taken to hospital and is now in police custody. A note claiming the attack in the name of the Islamic State terrorist group was found in the truck. Saipov is an Uzbek national who came to the United States in 2010.
“This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement, “aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at people going about their lives who had no idea what was about to hit them.”
U.S.President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray have all been briefed. The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force has taken over the investigation.
“In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!” Trump tweeted in the wake of the attack.
The Islamic State (ISIS) has long called for supporters in the United States to carry out attacks in its name against civilians without waiting for coordination with the central leadership. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, for example, the group called for attacks against relief centers gathering aid to help the victims.
In June this year, ISIS called on supporters to “kill civilians of the Crusaders, run over them by vehicles.”
At press time the attacker is believed to have acted alone.