Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who was shot by officers but is expected to survive, penned letters in Arabic dedicating himself to the terror group. Notes were found inside the Home Depot truck used in the attack, along with an Isis flag, according to police sources.
Saipov was detained by police after allegedly using a rented van to mow down cyclists and pedestrians in New York, killing eight people. He careered down a popular cycle path a few streets from the World Trade Centre memorial injuring at least 11 people.
The driver, named by authorities as Sayfullo Saipov, was shot in the stomach by police and arrested after jumping out of the van with what turned out to be a fake gun in each hand and shouting ‘Allahu Akbar!’
The suspect, originally from Uzbekistan, has a Florida driving licence but may have been living in New Jersey.
Uber confirmed that Saipov was one if its drivers, and the company said he passed a background check and had been actively driving on the platform for more than six months. He has since been banned from the Uber app.
Travel advice for New York following the terror attack in Manhattan ‘We are horrified by this senseless act of violence,’ the company said in a statement. ‘Our hearts are with the victims and their families. We have reached out to law enforcement to provide our assistance.’
The driver in Tuesday’s attack barreled along the bike path in a rented Home Depot truck for the equivalent of about 14 blocks, or around eight-tenths of a mile, before slamming into a small yellow school bus. The mayhem and the burst of police gunfire set off panic in the neighborhood and left the pavement strewn with mangled bicycles and bodies that were soon covered with sheets.