A male immigrant from Uzbekistan in his late 20s drove a rented Home Depot truck into a group of pedestrians on a busy bike path in lower Manhattan Tuesday afternoon, killing at least eight people and injuring nine as he shouted “Allahu Akbar,” which in English means “Allah is Greatest!”
The terror suspect’s name has not been released by authorities, but several news outlets are reporting it as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov. He is a native of Uzbekistan who entered the U.S. around 2010 and was here on a green card, meaning he was a legal permanent resident, possibly a refugee.
He had once worked as an Uber driver.
Translated into English the name Sayfullo means “”Sword of Allah” and Habibullaevic means “Lover of Allah.”
Uzbekistan is a country in central Asia dominated by Islam with a Muslim population of more than