New York truck attack: First picture emerges of terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov

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Eight people have died following a terror attack near the World Trade Centre in Manhattan.

As New York City reels from its latest terror atrocity, police have issued the first picture of their suspect, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov. 

Here is what we know so far:

  • A truck was driven down a busy New York cycle path, killing eight people and leaving more than 11 injured at around 3pm local time (7pm GMT).
  • Five Argentinian friends were among the dead, the country’s foreign ministry said. Hernan Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damian Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernan Ferruchi were part of a group celebrating the 30th anniversary of their graduation, a statement added.
  • A Belgian national was also killed, the country’s deputy prime minister and foreign affairs minister Didier Reynders said.
  • Two adults and two children were hurt after the truck hit a yellow school bus.
  • The driver, 29, was shot by police after jumping out of the rented vehicle with two fake guns. A paintball gun and a pellet gun were found at the scene, police said. He was taken to hospital in police custody and was expected to survive.
  • He was named by law enforcement officials as Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old from Uzbekistan who entered the US legally in 2010.
  • Uber said Saipov had worked as a driver with the firm having passed a background check. The app said it was co-operating with the FBI.
  • A law enforcement official said witnesses reported the driver shouting “Allahu akbar”.
  • New York City mayor Bill de Blasio described the attack as “a particularly cowardly act of terror” and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said it was perpetrated by a “lone wolf”.
  • The lights on the spire of One World Trade Centre turned red, white and blue in “honour of freedom and democracy”, the governor said.
  • President Donald Trump tweeted: “In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person.” He later added: “We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!”
  • Prime Minister Theresa May said she was “appalled by this cowardly attack” and that the UK stands with NYC.
  • Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson echoed her statement, adding: “We will not give in to terror.”
  • Former president Barack Obama tweeted: “Michelle and I are thinking of the victims of today’s attack in NYC and everyone who keeps us safe. New Yorkers are as tough as they come.”


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