Eight people were killed and 11 injured when the driver of a pickup truck drove about 20 blocks down a bike path near Stuyvesant High School in New York Tuesday afternoon in what police have described as an act of terror, the New York Times reports.
The driver, identified by police as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, allegedly smashed into a school bus, “jumped out of his truck and ran up and down the highway waving a pellet gun and paintball gun and shouting ‘Allahu akbar,’ Arabic for ‘God is great,’ before he was shot in the abdomen” by police. He was reportedly listed in critical condition as of Tuesday evening.
The Times reported that evidence had been discovered linking Mr Saipov to ISIS. “Based on information we have at this moment, this was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was quoted as saying.
CNN reported that the suspect is from the central Asian nation of Uzbekistan and came to the United States in 2010, citing unnamed sources. The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force has taken over the lead of the investigation.
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