After moving from Uzbekistan in 2010, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov bounced across the United States and eventually settled down in New Jersey with his wife and three children, driving for Uber, officials said.
Yet somehow along the way, Saipov became “radicalized domestically,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
Those radical thoughts culminated in Tuesday’s attack, when Saipov plowed into a crowd of pedestrians and bicyclists just blocks away from the World Trade Center, authorities said. At least eight people were killed in New York CIty’s deadliest terror attack since 9/11.
“It appears that Mr. Saipov has been planning this for a number of weeks. He did this in the name of ISIS,” said John Miller, New York Police Department deputy commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism.
“He appears to have followed — almost exactly to a T — the instructions that ISIS has put out in its social media channels before, with instructions to their followers on how to carry out such an attack.”