New York terrorist somehow passed background check to become Uber driver
The terrorist accused of driving his rented truck through pedestrians and bicyclists in Manhattan has been identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, an Uber driver from Uzbekistan.
Saipov reportedly jumped the curb on West St. on Tuesday afternoon in and drove nearly four blocks on the pedestrian and bicyclist pathway. Eight people were killed in the attack: six on the scene and two who later died of the injuries.
Witnesses say that Saipov declared “Allahu Akbar!” or “God is great!” after the attack and that he had weapons on the scene.
After the attack, police sources claimed that Saipov had left a note in his truck proclaiming his loyalty to ISIS, the extremist terrorist group also known as the Islamic State.
Police in New Jersey have since swarmed Saipov’s home in New Jersey to investigate the attack and to look for clues related to Saipov’s actions, with a police dog checking all vehicles in the parking lot and a bomb squad on the scene, according to NJ.com.
Uber also confirmed that Saipov had been an active Uber driver for over six months after passing a background check for the ride-sharing service, and a spokeswoman said that Uber was cooperating with authorities as they continue to investigate Saipov.
Saipov moved to the United States from Uzbekistan in 2010. Investigators believe he immigrated legally.