Sayfullo Saipov: What We Know
ABC News is reporting that Saifullo Saipov is the name of the terrorist responsible for killing at least 8 people and wounding dozens in New York City today.
The 29-year-old Saipov is reportedly from the former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan who entered the United States in 2010. He was carrying a driver’s license ID from Tampa, Florida. He is presumed by many to be a Central Asian Muslim now living in New Jersey.
Meaning of the name Saifullah: “sword of God”
Etymology: from Arabic (sayf) “sword” combined with (Allah) “God”
This happened at around 3:05 p.m. local time.
Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov drove a rented Home Depot truck along a bike and jogging path near the West Side Highway just a few blocks from the World Trade Center, hitting cyclists and pedestrians… until eventually crashing into a school bus that had two adults and two special-needs children inside. He then exited his truck and ran around yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ while brandishing a fake weapon, in hopes of committing suicide by cop.
The suspect was taken into custody alive and with no life-threatening injuries to himself.
Today’s incident has been publicly labeled as an act of terror by New York City mayor Bill Blasio.
Born February 1988. Has a wife and three children.
Apartment used to be at 5586 Granada Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33617.
Current residence is in Paterson, New Jersey.
Court records show that police stopped a Saifullo Saipov in Mount Holly Springs Borough, Pennsylvania, just south of Carlisle, in March 2015 and he gave police a Paterson, New Jersey, address. He also was stopped in 2012 in Palmyra, Pa., just east of Hershey, and also listed a Paterson address.
This Saipov had traffic citations issued in Missouri and Pennsylvania. He was arrested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol in October 2016 after a warrant was issued when he failed to show in court for a misdemeanor offense. He paid a $200 bond, which he forfeited when he didn’t show up in court for his next hearing in November. A guilty plea was entered on his behalf.
His Social Security Number seems to have been issued in Ohio in 2010.
Unconfirmed: he drove for Uber.
Five Argentine citizens were killed: Hernán Mendoza, Diego Angelini, Alejandro Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernán Ferruchi.
A Belgian national named Didier Reynders was also a victim of the attack.
A look at the scene where Sayfullo Saipov did his murder spree.
— Arch Kennedy (@ArchKennedy) November 1, 2017
* Note he left inside the truck states the attack was done in the name of ISIS. Later in the hospital, he asked for the ISIS flag.
A former neighbour of the Saipov family in Tashket, Uzbekistan, was reported as saying that Saifullo was raised with three sisters. She called his family “modern” and “secular”, noting that Saifullo did not go to a mosque in the years she knew him.
Saipov arrived in the United States in 2010, having obtained a residence permit. President Trump revealed on Twitter that the suspect had won his green card in a lottery, as part of the “Diversity Visa Lottery Programme” for foreigners of various national origins.
In the United States, Saipov married a fellow Uzbek named Nozima Odilova. Their marriage was registered on 12 April 2013 in Summit County, Ohio. His wife is six years younger — he was 25 at the time of the marriage, she was 19. Tashkent is on their marriage license as the native city of Odilova and Saipov.
Saifulla’s parents: Khabibula Saipov, the father, and Mukaddas Irgashova, the mother
Wife’s parents: Abdujalit Adilov, the father, and Nodira Agzomova, the mother
Saipov reportedly lived in Kyrgyzstan for some time before leaving for the US. He had two Facebook accounts — the first he used until March 2011, while the last record he made in the second profile us in late February 2013.
We’ll be adding details here as they become available. Check back for updates.