Saipov first to commit terrorist attack in New York since 9/11


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Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov’s mugshot after being taken into custody, due to the deadly truck attack he committed in Manhattan on Tuesday.

Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29-year old Uzbekistan native has recently been arrested for committing the deadliest terrorist  attack in New York since 9/11. Saipov moved to the U.S. in 2010, then married in Ohio in 2013. The terrorist lived and worked in New Jersey as a Uber driver for six months and then became a truck driver for Home Depot. Saipov has admitted to having affiliation with ISIS, claiming he was inspired by “Islamic State videos.” He decided he wanted to attack with a rented truck to create the most damage against civilians. He also tells officials he committed the crime on Halloween because he believed that “there would be more civilians on the street for the holiday.” According to the suspect he had began planning this attack approximately a year ago and decided to use a truck to accomplish it two months ago.

It was Tuesday afternoon when Saipov drove his truck onto the busy bike path blocks from the World Trade Center. There were eleven people injured and eight killed. After being arrested he told authorities he “wanted to kill as many people as possible,” and asked if an Islamic State flag could be displayed in his hospital room. He continued to say he “felt good” about what he did.

Since the attack his family members have been interviewed and were shocked with his actions. His sister, Umida Saipova told NBC News via text message that her brother “never had extreme ideas before.”

She plans on coming to the U.S. with her family to help her brother and for a “legal case to be justified if possible.”

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack and calls Saipov a “soldier of the Islamic State.” Since there is no apparent evidence officials believe he acted alone.