By Walid Shoebat
The shooter in Manhattan who murdered eight people is a Muslim man named Sayfullo Saipov. Looking at his name, it sounds like he is of Central Asian origin (Uzbek origin). His name, Sayfullo is a Central Asian or East block rendition of Saifullah, which means, “The sword of Allah.” Uzbekistan has a history of Islamic terrorism. In 1996, in the city of Tashkent, six car bombs exploded, killing six people and injuring more than 100 people. In March and April of 2004, Uzbeki Islamic terrorists murdered 10 policemen and four civilians in the cities of Tashkent and Bukhara.
According to one report:
At least eight people are dead near the West Side Highway in New York City after they were purposefully struck by a truck; the FBI is now investigating the incident as a possible act of terror, ABC News reports.
City officials believe this incident was deliberate and a possible act of terrorism.
Multiple law enforcement officials tell ABC News that the suspect in custody has been identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov from Tampa, Florida.
Sources said he reportedly screamed “Allah Akbar” after the crash which is why authorities are looking at terrorism as a possible motive.
The incident happened just after 3 p.m. on the bike path that runs along the highway in Lower Manhattan.
A vehicle entered the West Street pedestrian and bike path north of Chambers Street, hitting multiple people on the path, including a school bus, leaving some dead and “numerous people injured,” police said, citing preliminary investigation.
The vehicle kept driving south until it hit another vehicle, the police said. At that point, the suspect, who was “displaying imitation firearms,” got out of the vehicle and was shot by New York City police, ABC News reports.
The NYPD initially said: “We are responding to reports of shots fired in Lower Manhattan.” But it’s not clear yet if any shots were fired.
According to a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, the mayor has been briefed on the incident and said there is no active threat. He added that multiple people were injured, possibly struck by a vehicle and also possibly shot.