NYC terror attack leaves 8 dead, several injured; Sayfullo Saipov in custody after shouting 'allahu akbar' mowing down cyclists on bike path in lower Manhattan 3
At least eight people are dead after a driver barreled into a bike path and crashed a rental pickup truck into a crowd in Lower Manhattan Tuesday afternoon.

Police have identified the suspect who killed eight people and injured 11 more in New York City on Tuesday when he barreled into a bike path and then rammed a pickup truck into a crowd.

The suspected driver, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, shouted “Allahu Akbar” after the crash, law enforcement officials said. Saipov, who was shot by police, was taken into custody and remains hospitalized.


  • Eight people are dead and 11 people have been hospitalized in a serious but non life-threatening condition
  • The truck driver was named by insiders as 29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a citizen of Uzbekistan
  • The Florida resident allegedly mounted West Side Highway bike path at 3.05pm on Tuesday at Houston Street
  • He then continued southbound for 17 blocks, mowing down pedestrians, runners and cyclists, cops said
  • Only when he crashed into a school bus at Chambers Street did he stop; he then hopped out of the truck
  • The man was then seen brandishing two fake guns before being shot in the stomach by an NYPD officer
  • He survived and was taken to hospital; he is out of surgery and remains under police supervision
  • Police are investigating a Home Depot in Passaic where Saipov is believed to have rented the truck 

Eight people are dead and 11 have been injured after a truck mounted a bicycle path in lower Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon, mowing down cyclists and runners for 17 blocks, then reportedly shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’.

The 29-year-old driver, named by insiders as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, entered the bicycle path at Houston Street at 3.05pm and drove downtown, knocking down victims before smashing into a school bus at at Chambers Street.

Sayfullo Saipov, 29, a citizen of Uzbekistan who lives in Florida, has been named as the driver by inside sources. Police have not yet officially named him 
Sayfullo Saipov, 29, a citizen of Uzbekistan who lives in Florida, has been named as the driver by inside sources. Police have not yet officially named him 

Two children and two adults on the bus were injured; they and seven other people are now in hospital. One of the children on the bus is in critical condition. Police say others who self-evacuated from the scene may have been injured.

After coming to a stop in his rented Home Depot truck, the terrorist then emerged from waving a paintball gun in one hand and a pellet gun in the other.

He was shot in the stomach by an on-duty NYPD officer who was at the scene. He is now out of surgery and remains under police supervision.

At a press conference at Police Plaza later, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio condemned the attack as a ‘cowardly act of terror’.

The attacker has been named as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov from Florida. Witnesses said he did not resist arrest after being shot in the stomach on Tuesday afternoon 
The attacker has been named as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov from Florida. Witnesses said he did not resist arrest after being shot in the stomach on Tuesday afternoon 
Eyewitness records video of suspect running through traffic, brandishing what appear to be handguns.
Eyewitness records video of suspect running through traffic, brandishing what appear to be handguns.
A truck mowed down passengers in downtown Manhattan on Tuesday moments before a shooting in an attack which police say has left two dead and five injured 
A truck mowed down passengers in downtown Manhattan on Tuesday moments before a shooting in an attack which police say has left two dead and five injured
The scene at a bicycle path near Chambers Street and the West Side Highway where a driver mowed down cyclists before a shooting on Tuesday. It is not clear if the driver is the gunman or if two people were involved. One person is in custody 
The scene at a bicycle path near Chambers Street and the West Side Highway where a driver mowed down cyclists before a shooting on Tuesday. It is not clear if the driver is the gunman or if two people were involved. One person is in custody
The scene of a shooting in downtown Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon where two people are feared dead and five are reportedly injured 
The scene of a shooting in downtown Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon where two people are feared dead and five are reportedly injured
Police immediately closed off the scene at Chambers and West Street in Tribeca, downtown Manhattan, on Tuesday 
Police immediately closed off the scene at Chambers and West Street in Tribeca, downtown Manhattan, on Tuesday

Saipov is originally from Uzbekistan, but immigrated to the US in 2010, and at the time of his arrest he was holding an identification card that listed his home as Tampa, Florida. He is now out of surgery, police said.

The truck came to a stop after crashing into a school bus at Chambers Street. It remains at the scene
The truck came to a stop after crashing into a school bus at Chambers Street. It remains at the scene
Shattered bicycles on the West Side Highway bike path where six people are feared to have been killed as they were mowed down
Shattered bicycles on the West Side Highway bike path where six people are feared to have been killed as they were mowed down

Mayor Bill de Blasio, speaking at a press conference Tuesday evening, called the incident “an act of terror.” Governor Andrew Cuomo said that at this point in the investigation, there is no evidence to suggest that there was a wider plot.

According to public records, he worked as a commercial truck driver and has previously lived in both Ohio and New Jersey. It’s unclear how long he had been in New York prior to the attack.

A woman is seen being treated by paramedics at the scene of the attack in Tribeca, downtown Manhattan, on Tuesday 
A woman is seen being treated by paramedics at the scene of the attack in Tribeca, downtown Manhattan, on Tuesday 

He also has two businesses registered to Ohio: Sayf Motors Inc. was registered in Hamilton County from May 2011, and is located in an apartment in Cincinnati; Bright Auto LLC was registered in Cuyahoga Falls from August 2013 and is located in another apartment.

Bright Auto LLC is an active carrier registered with the U.S. Department of Transportation. Records show that the trucking company has one truck and one driver.

The company said it could not confirm if the suspect had rented the vehicle, but they are cooperating with police.

Authorities have not said where the Home Depot truck involved in the attack was rented from, but police are now at a Home Depot in Passaic, New Jersey, where he is believed to have picked up the truck and may have left his own car.

Saipov also has a minor criminal record for traffic offenses in Missouri and Pennsylvania. Court records show that he was stopped in Mount Holly Springs Borough, Pennsylvania, on March 2015.

Saipov, who provided authorities with an address in Patterson, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to a single charge of maximum length of a single trailer and paid fees associated with the citation.

Uzbekistan is not on Donald Trump’s proposed travel ban list.

Fire fighters at the scene on Tuesday after reports of the shooting and truck mowing 
Fire fighters at the scene on Tuesday after reports of the shooting and truck mowing
Saipov was cited in Pennsylvania in 2015 for 'Max length of a single trailer' and pleaded guilty
Saipov was cited in Pennsylvania in 2015 for ‘Max length of a single trailer’ and pleaded guilty

Video footage seen by PRT suggested that injured people were being treated around every 10 feet along the bike lane struck by the truck.

During the Tuesday night press conference, Mayor De Blasio said the act was ‘intended to break’ the spirit of New Yorkers.

‘We know this action was intended to break out spirit. But we also know New Yorkers are strong, resilient and our spirit will never be moved by an act of violence or an act meant to intimidate us.’

The annual Halloween Parade will go on as planned despite the atrocity. There will be an increased police presence there tonight in addition to bolstered police patrols across the city in the coming days and week.

A little girl cries as she is navigated away from the scene on Tuesday afternoon 
A little girl cries as she is navigated away from the scene on Tuesday afternoon 

‘Based on the information we have, this was an act of terror and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians, people going about their lives,’ he said.

De Blasio was joined by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who prayed for those killed.

‘It reminds us all how precious life is. They left the house the morning, they were enjoying the beautiful west side of Manhattan on a beautiful fall day and now they will not be returning home.

‘That shock and that pain is going to be very real,’ he said.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill confirmed the driver’s movements. He would not release his identity or nationality, saying it was too early in the investigation to share such details.

At least one officer has been shot and is expected to make a recovery. The details of other injuries are not known.
At least one officer has been shot and is expected to make a recovery. The details of other injuries are not known.

President Trump acknowledged the attack on Twitter, describing the perpetrator as a ‘sick’ individual.

President and First Lady Trump both shared their thoughts on the attack on Twitter 
President and First Lady Trump both shared their thoughts on the attack on Twitter 

‘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.!’ he said.

First Lady Melania Trump, who was in Manhattan when the attack occurred, said: ‘My heart breaks for NYC today.

President and First Lady Trump both shared their thoughts on the attack on Twitter 
President and First Lady Trump both shared their thoughts on the attack on Twitter 

President and First Lady Trump both shared their thoughts on the attack on Twitter

‘Thoughts & prayers as we monitor the situation.’

During the press conference, Mayor De Blasio said the act was ‘intended to break’ the spirit of New Yorkers.

‘We know this action was intended to break out spirit. But we also know New Yorkers are strong, resilient and our spirit will never be moved by an act of violence or an act meant to intimidate us.’

'A painful day': NYPD Commissioner James P. O'Neill (center) at a press conference at Police Plaza with Governor Andrew Cuomo (right) and Mayor Bill De Blasio (left) to speak about the attack 
‘A painful day’: NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill (center) at a press conference at Police Plaza with Governor Andrew Cuomo (right) and Mayor Bill De Blasio (left) to speak about the attack 

The annual Halloween Parade will go on as planned despite the atrocity. There will be an increased police presence there tonight in addition to bolstered police patrols across the city in the coming days and week.

Despite the added security, city officials said there was no evidence that Tuesday’s attack was part of a wider terror plot.

Witnesses described hearing five to ten gun shots, all of which came from police guns.

Others ran for their lives as they watched the truck plow into pedestrians after veering off the road.

Shocking video footage from the scene showed cyclists lying on the ground with their bikes smashed in to pieces around them.  By-passers were seen tending to them as they awaited medical attention.

In the surrounding area, students were in the middle of doing exams when they heard police firing shots.

City officials said there would be an increased police presence across New York for the rest of the day and week 
City officials said there would be an increased police presence across New York for the rest of the day and week 

Roza Kazan, a student at the BMCC, said she was in the middle of a statistics mid term when the chaos unfolded.

She told DailyMail.com: ‘An announcer said in the middle of the test there had been a shooting. But he said there were so many police that it was safe to stay inside and carry on. So I finished the test.

‘Then he came on again and said that the shooting occurred because someone had run people down in their car.

‘I was getting a coffee on the corner where it happened just a couple of hours earlier. I can’t believe the announcer was so calm. It made it seemed like what was happening wasn’t serious.’

Within minutes of the first reports, there was an enormous police and fire service presence at the site.

Ezequiel Gonzalez, 18, a speech coach at Stuyvesant High School, told DailyMail.com at the scene: ‘I heard what sounded like gas caskets and I went up on the bridge and saw a car caved in.

‘Then I was pushed back and saw the ambulances arriving. The school was put on lock down.

John Williams, 22, told DailyMail.com he was there around 30 seconds after the gun shot: ‘I saw one man lying on the ground being looked after by paramedics and cops, another man getting arrested and what seemed like another man running towards the Hudson River.

‘I came out and saw a man holding two guns. I could still smell the gun fire. It was a very strong scent. I was concerned for the safety of everyone because there was someone walking around with a gun.’

Williams said he heard between five and ten gun shots in total.

Mohammad Hamza Amzher, another witness, said the suspect looked Hispanic and strongly denied the man hearing him shout ‘Allah Akbhar’. He saw him walking down the street wearing a hoodie and holding a gun.

At the time, school children were being let out of class after a day of Halloween festivities.


How terrorists have turned to vans and lorries to murder hundreds of people in a matter of months

Today’s terror attack in New York is chillingly similar to a spate of killings in Europe in recent months where vehicles were used.

It is believed six people were killed by a truck driver who mowed them down on a bike path in lower Manhattan.

The driver made his way from Houston Street down towards Tribeca where he mounted the bike path on the West Side Highway shortly after 3pm.

After striking several cyclists and runners, he came to a stop when his truck crashed into a school bus beneath the Tribeca bridge.

But it is not the first time a vehicle has been used to carry out mass murder in Western Europe with similar atrocities taking place in Britain, France , Germany, Spain and Stockholm and claiming well over 100 lives.

In August, Barcelona terrorist Younes Abouyaaqoub calmly walking away seconds after ploughing a van into crowds on the Ramblas murdering 14 people.

Barcelona: On August 17, a van plowed through crowds on La Rambla, murdering 14 people 
Barcelona: On August 17, a van plowed through crowds on La Rambla, murdering 14 people 

Barcelona: On August 17, a van plowed through crowds on La Rambla, murdering 14 people

Stockholm: On April 7, 2017 a hijacked truck was deliberately driven into crowds before being crashed through a corner of a department store. Five were killed 
Stockholm: On April 7, 2017 a hijacked truck was deliberately driven into crowds before being crashed through a corner of a department store. Five were killed 

Stockholm: On April 7, 2017 a hijacked truck was deliberately driven into crowds before being crashed through a corner of a department store. Five were killed

Abouqaaqoub was part of a 12-man cell who brought terror to Barcelona on August 17 and 18.

Hours after the Ramblas attack, five other members of the gang ploughed into pedestrians in the nearby seaside town of Cambrils before they went on the rampage with an axe and large knives, stabbing one person to death.

A driver has deliberately ploughed a van into pedestrians in Barcelona killing at least 13 and wounding dozens

On Bastille Day in the summer of last year, 86 people were killed when a truck was driven through crowds enjoying fireworks in Nice.

Low tech attacks using stolen and hired vehicles to randomly rammed into crowds, have been increasingly used by terrorists unable to get hold of guns and explosives.

In June a team of jihadists used a hire van to drive through pedestrians at London Bridge before going on the rampage with knives

‘Whether they are going to be permanent or temporary, time will tell. It is very difficult to stop, nigh on impossible.’

Before today’s attack there had been a series of atrocities using cars and trucks in 2016 and 2017.

In June a team of jihadists used a hire van to drive through pedestrians at London Bridge before going on the rampage with knives.

London, Westminster Bridge: On March 22, six people were killed when a terrorist mounted the walkway 
London, Westminster Bridge: On March 22, six people were killed when a terrorist mounted the walkway 

London, Westminster Bridge: On March 22, six people were killed when a terrorist mounted the walkway

Nice: 86 died when a 19-tonne cargo truck was driven into crowds on the Promenage des Anglais during Bastille Day celebrations on July 15, 2016
Nice: 86 died when a 19-tonne cargo truck was driven into crowds on the Promenage des Anglais during Bastille Day celebrations on July 15, 2016

Nice: 86 died when a 19-tonne cargo truck was driven into crowds on the Promenage des Anglais during Bastille Day celebrations on July 15, 2016

On March 22, Khalid Masood, 52, drove a Hyundai 4×4 over Westminster Bridge, mowing down members of the public before crashing into a fence beside Big Ben.

He then got out of the car and attacked PC Keith Palmer with a knife.

Masood was shot twice by police and died when he was taken to hospital.

Five people died in the attack, including PC Palmer.

In April, in central Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, a hijacked truck was deliberately driven into crowds before being crashed through a corner of a department store

The day after the Westminster attack, a man in Antwerp drove into a crowded shopping area in the Belgian city in an attempted attack, but no one was injured.

An ISIS-inspired massacre took place in Germany when a terrorist drove a truck through a Christmas market in Berlin. Twelve people were killed in the attack on December 19.

Anis Amri stole a cargo truck and killed 12 people when he drove through a Christmas market next to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church at Breitscheidplatz.

Among the dozen people killed was the original driver of the truck Lukasz Urban who was found dead with a gunshot wound in the passenger street.

An ISIS-inspired massacre took place in Germany when a terrorist drove a truck through a Christmas market in Berlin

Amri was a Tunisian who had failed to gain asylum status in the country. He was killed in Milan four days later after an international manhunt.

But the most deadly was the driver of a tractor-trailer who targeted Bastille Day revelers in the southern French city of Nice in July 2016.

On the evening of July 14, a 19-tonne cargo truck was driven into crowds on the Promenage des Anglais.

ISIS fanatic Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was behind the wheel and after exchanging gunfire with police, the Tunisian migrant was shot dead.

Thousands had gathered on the seafront to watch the fireworks that night. 86 of them died and 434 were injured.

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