The Muslim terrorist who ran down cyclists and pedestrians along 17 Manhattan blocks pledged his allegiance to ISIS before his attack, it has emerged.
Police sources say Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, entered a bike path at Houston Street at 3.05pm and drove downtown, knocking down victims before smashing into a school bus at Chambers Street, exiting and shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’.
He then waved a paintball gun in one hand and a pellet gun in the other, and was shot in the abdomen by a police officer. He has now exited surgery and police are waiting for him to wake up before they question him.
Images of ISIS flags were found in his truck, as well as handwritten notes pledging his allegiance to the terrorist group.
As the horrific toll – currently at eight dead and at least 15 injured, including one child in critical condition – climbed up, details began to emerge about the Muslim Saipov’s life.
He was an Uzbekistan native who had lived in the US for seven years, ran two trucking companies and was a ‘friendly’ Uber driver, sources claim.
And although he was reportedly found with a Florida ID when arrested, he had lived most recently in New Jersey, and ran two trucking companies located in Ohio.
He was also said to be a friendly Uber driver who was good with kids – and did not like people taking his photo.
Among those killed by the Muslim terrorist were five Argentinians in New York for a class of 1987 school reunion, according to the Argentine government. They were named as Ariel Erlij, Hernán Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damián Pagnucco and Hernán Ferruchi.
Erlij, a 48-year-old Jewish man, was a steel mill owner who had paid for flights for several of his friends so they could attend, according to local Argentine newspapers.
Also among the dead was one Belgian, Didier Reynders, deputy prime minister and foreign affairs minister for Belgium, confirmed. Three other Belgians were among the wounded.