Another horrible attack reminding us of how our national security must be a top priority. The scumbag had a green card. Thank goodness Donald Trump is the president and understands the imperative of securing this nation. Here are a variety of updates. Pray for the dead, their families and all the injured.
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 tell Fox News. Saipov, who was shot by police, was taken into custody and remains hospitalized.
The suspect was from Uzbekistan and had a green card, a source told Fox News. According to The Associated Press, Saipov has a Florida license but may have been living in New Jersey, and came to the U.S. in 2010.
Saipov, according to the New York Post, had notes inside his rental truck that were handwritten in Arabic, “along with either a flag of the [Islamic State] symbol or a smaller picture of the flag.”
Four of the injured were teachers and students who were riding on a short yellow school bus near Stuyvesant High School when they were hit by the suspect’s Home Depot rental truck. One student remains in critical condition.
A victim killed in the attack was a Belgian citizen, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Belgium Didier Reyners tweeted on Tuesday. Three Belgians were also injured.
Others killed in the attack were Argentine citizens, according to Argentina’s Foreign Ministry. It was not clear how many Argentines died in the attack.
The incident was being treated as a terrorist attack. At a news conference Tuesday evening, Mayor Bill de Blasio called the attack “an act of terror and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 1, 2017
The man who mowed down eight people on the West Side Highway Tuesday afternoon was “very friendly” and working for Uber, his friend told The Post.
Kobiljon Matkarov, 37, met suspected terrorist Sayfullo Saipov in Florida about five years ago shortly after Saipov came from Uzbekistan– the two connected over their mutual heritage.
“He is very good guy, he is very friendly… he is like little brother… he look at me like big brother,” Matkarov said by phone Tuesday from his home in Miamisburg, Ohio.
Matkarov said he’d been working for Uber and living in New Jersey as recently as this summer.