The man suspected of killing eight people on a New York bicycle lane Tuesday was working as a driver and lived in New Jersey after emigrating from Uzbekistan seven years ago. The investigators began to interrogate him on his hospital bed.
The New York attack was perpetrated on Tuesday on behalf of the Islamic State (IS) group after being prepared for several weeks, New York Deputy Police Chief John Miller said on Wednesday. The injured assailant, a 29-year-old Uzbek named Sayfullo Saipov, was interrogated on his hospital bed. He suffered an operation after being wounded by a police warning shot, but his condition does not inspire concern.
“According to the investigation conducted that night, it appears that Mr. Saipov had been planning this for several weeks. He did it in the name of the IS and among the objects found on the scene was a handwritten message in Arabic, citing the IS, he said in a press conference.
“He seems to have followed to the letter the instructions that the IS has posted on its social media accounts to subscribers, indicating how to conduct such an attack, ” said John Miller. The message “was written in Arabic“. ” There were symbols and words. But the heart of the message was that the Islamic State would be eternal, “said the policeman.
” Several knives ” were also ” found inside and around the vehicle ” used to pounce on pedestrians and cyclists in southwestern Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon. The police also found ” a paintball gun and a plunger,” Miller said.
“He became religious on a whim”
Arrived in March 2010 from Uzbekistan, Sayfullo Saipov, born in February 1988, resided legally in the United States and was not under investigation. He seems to have lived in Ohio, Florida, and New Jersey.
An Uzbek migrant who met him in Florida a few years ago told The New York Times that he had been a trucker in Florida before becoming a driver for the Uber platform when he moved to New Jersey.
According to the New York daily, Saipov lived in Paterson, a New Jersey industrial city about 40 kilometers from the scene of the attack. New York police said on Wednesday that the suspect had rented the vehicle at a Home Depot DIY store in Passaic, a town just south of Paterson, just an hour before his action. Sayfullo Saipov was also known to police for a series of highway traffic offenses, according to press and court documents.
One of his compatriots who said he had spoken with him for the last time two months ago said he had become interested in religion after he arrived in the United States. ” He became religious on a whim,” said Mirrakhmat Muminov, a truck driver based in Stow, Ohio, active in the Uzbek community in the United States. ” He started studying religion in the United States. Saipov, he added, lived two to three years in Stow, where the two men met.
He previously lived in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, the former Soviet republic of Central Asia where the practice of Islam is strictly controlled by the authorities who fear the emergence of radical Muslim movements.
Muminov’s portrayal of him is that of a man struggling to integrate into the United States, having few friends and speaking badly in English.” He was withdrawn, nervous, sometimes aggressive. Because he was alone, he lived in his own world and was not very popular, “he says.