Sayfullo Saipov is the man accused of killing at least eight people in a horrific terror attack in New York City on Tuesday October, 31st.
The 29-year-old has been identified as a native of Uzbekistan –who emigrated seven years ago through the diversity visa program, arriving in Ohio. Saipov was said to be a former Uber driver before becoming an Isis fanatic and the latest terrorist attacker. According to reports, Saipov was also a former commercial truck driver who went onto formed a couple of businesses in Ohio -Sayf Motors Inc in 2011 and Bright Auto LLC in 2013.
Saipov who has also lived in Florida, had been living most recently in New Jersey –and is accused of driving a truck down a busy New York cycle path killing innocents along the way. He allegedly drove a rented Home Depot truck on the cycle path of the West Side Highway in Manhattan’s Tribeca, plowing into pedestrians, before slamming into a school bus.
As a result of the slaughter he killed eight people and injured 11 others. Following the crash, Saipov who was caught on camera can be seen leaving the vehicle while holding a pellet gun and paintball gun. He was shot by a police officer, and rushed to the hospital where he underwent surgery.
While in Ohio, Saipov allegedly got married to a fellow Uzbek named Nozima Odilova in 2013. From his time living in Fort Meyers, Florida; he befriended Kobiljon Matkarov –who told the NY Post “He is very good guy, he is very friendly… he is like little brother… he look at me like big brother,”
He then made the move to New Jersey where had been employed by San Francisco-based Uber –which said he started over six months ago.
According to recent updates, five Argentines and a Belgian were among the victims. The victims from Argentina were apparently together on a trip to NY. The five friends were celebrating their school 30th graduation anniversary.
The first victim was identified as Ariel Erlij, a 48-year-old businessperson from Argentina. Ariel was the owner of a steel firm.
The Argentinian foreign ministry named the other four victims all natives of Argentina in their 40’s as Hernán Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damián Pagnucco and Hernán Ferruchi.
A Belgian woman was also among the dead. 31-year-old Ann-Laure Decadt “was a woman from Roulers in western Flanders who was on a city trip with her sister and her mother” –according to Belgium’s foreign minister, Didier Reynders.
Ann-Laure Decadt is survived by husband Alexander Naessens and two sons.
Out of the eight victims, two are yet to be identified. Between 11 and 13 people are said to be in hospitals being treated with injuries from the attack.