Everything we know so far about the suspect in the New York attack
Yesterday saw the deadliest terror attack in New York City since 9/11.
29-year-old Uzbek immigrant, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov ploughed a Home Depot rental car into a bike path in lower Manhattan yesterday afternoon, killing at least eight people and injuring 15 others.
According to police, Saipov drove down the bike path along the West Side Highway, hitting numerous bikers and pedestrians. He then rammed the vehicle into a Stuyvesant High School bus before exiting the truck and wielding what officers have now identified as "imitation firearms".
Sapiov was shot by police in the abdomen and escorted to hospital. The New York Times reports that he has remained in critical condition since late Tuesday.
According to multiple media outlets, police officers at the scene found a handwritten note in which Saipov claimed allegiance to the infamous terrorist organisation, ISIS. New York Police Commissioner, James P.O'Neill said that the assailant also made a statement "consistent" with a terrorist attack after exiting the vehicle.
And now, details are emerging of the life of Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov.
The attacker allegedly entered the United States in 2010 from Uzbekistan. The New York Times has reported that he holds a green card, granting him permanent legal residence in the US.
While the incident took place in New York, his most recent address was in Tampa, Florida. However, he is believed to have been residing in Paterson, New Jersey of late, where he rented the truck used in the attack at a Home Depot in Passaic, New Jersey.
Saipov is a truck driver, and was previously employed by Uber. The ride sharing company have since stated that he successfully passed all the background checks to become a driver. He has now been banned from the app.
NBC News confirmed that Saipov has a wife and two children.
While all the victims have not yet been identified, multiple news outlets have reported that five of those killed were friends from Argentina who had travelled to New York to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their graduation from high school.
The Argentinian foreign ministry has named them as Hernán Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damián Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernán Ferruchi, all of whom were in their late 40's. A sixth friend, Martin Ludovico Marro, survived with injuries.
A woman from Belgium was also counted among the dead. Didier Reynders, Belgium's foreign minister released a statement asserting that the victim was "a woman from Roulers in western Flanders who was on a city trip with with her sister and her mother”. She has not yet been named.
The two other people who lost their lives in the attack have not yet been identified.
The incident comes in the wake of the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas that occurred just last month.
Our thoughts lie with all those affected by this senseless crime.