New York Terror Attack: What We Know About Suspect Sayfullo Saipov

The “lone wolf” – captured alive – is described as “no terrorist” and a happily married father from Florida who “liked the US”.

Sayfullo Saipov. Pic: St. Charles County Police Department
Image:New York attack suspect Sayfullo Saipov. Pic: St Charles County Police Department

This police mugshot has been released of Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov – the man suspected of killing eight people and injuring several others in a terror attack in New York.

Among the victims he left for dead as he drove a rented pickup truck into pedestrians and cyclists in Manhattan were five Argentinians from the city of Rosario, celebrating their 30th high school reunion.

Here’s what we know about the suspected killer:

:: Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov is a 29-year-old Uzbekistan national.

:: The suspect moved to the US legally in 2010.

:: He lives in Tampa, Florida, but could have been residing in New Jersey.

:: He got a job as an Uber driver after passing a background check, says the taxi app firm, which is assisting the FBI investigation.

Sayfullo Saipov caught on camera by a witness

Video:Suspect filmed fleeing after terror attack

:: He rented a Home Depot truck in New Jersey at around 2pm before driving into the bike path about an hour later.

:: It is understood he drove 14 blocks before crashing into a school bus and jumping from the rented truck with two replica guns.

:: Police shot him in the stomach. However, he is expected to survive following surgery.

:: A friend, Kobiljon Matkarov, who met the suspect five years ago in Florida, told NBC News that he is “no terrorist” and is a happily married father who “liked the US”.

:: Dilnoza Abdusamatova said the driver moved to the US six years ago and stayed with her family in Cincinnati for his first two weeks as their fathers were friends, The Washington Post reported. Her family lost touch with him after he moved to Florida to form a trucking company.

:: New York governor Andrew Cuomo said the attack was carried out by a “lone wolf”, suggesting the suspect acted alone and was not part of a wider network.

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