The Big Apple is still reeling from yesterday’s terrifying ISIS truck and gun attack that left 8 dead and nearly a dozen more injured.
Unlike other recent domestic terror incidents, Manhattan’s horrendous incident has yielded a live perpetrator for authorities to question. In the case of yesterday’s attack, that man is Sayfullo Saipov, a young man originally from Uzbekistan who left a handwritten note in the Home Depot rental vehicle used in the massacre. This note explained his motivation for the attack as an act for ISIS, the abhorrent terror organization.
The investigation into Saipov’s crime is just beginning, but certain facts have already become widely known, including one disturbing bit of information about the terrorist’s former career choice and how many Americans were previously under his care.
“Details of the life of the suspect — who had connections to many places across the U.S. but no known social media accounts — have begun to emerge after Tuesday’s attack that killed eight people and injured at least 11.
“The ride-hailing company Uber said Saipov passed its background check and drove for the service for six months, making more than 1,400 trips.
“The company said it was in touch with the FBI and offered its assistance and that it was reviewing Saipov’s driving history but found no related safety reports.
“Records show Saipov was a commercial truck driver who formed a pair of businesses in Ohio.
“The first business, Sayf Motors Inc., used the address of a family friend near Cincinnati with whom Saipov had stayed for a couple of weeks after his arrival in the country.
“The second, Bright Auto LLC, used an address near Cleveland.
“A trucking industry website listed Saipov at a Paterson, New Jersey, address that authorities were searching Tuesday night. Court records related to trucking-related infractions list Saipov with addresses in Paterson and the Cleveland suburbs.”
Saipov was certainly busy man for whom driving was an enormous part of his life. This could very likely have played a role in his chosen path of destruction.
More details are certain to emerge regarding the life of Sayfullo Saipov as federal agents dig further into this young man’s life. As those tidbits emerge, authorities are hoping to glean information that could allow for more effective predictions regarding Islamic radicalization in America.