The suspect was identified by two law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, an immigrant from Uzbekistan who had been living in the US since 2010.
The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, said,
“This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror, aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at people going about their lives who had no idea what was about to hit them.”
The use of vehicular violence has become all too commonplace now as this attack follows a similar pattern to atrocities seen across Europe.
The suspect was said to have driven on the bike path on the west side of West Side Highway in lower Manhattan for several blocks before crashing the truck into a school bus. He then left the vehicle while displaying imitation firearms and was shot in the abdomen by a police officer.
Among some of the most prominent voices to react to the atrocity were faith leaders who expressed their horror and condemnation for the attack. Two of the most influential to speak out included New York native Linda Sarsour and Texas’ Shaykh Omar Suleiman.
The suspect’s apparent utterance of ‘Allahu Akbar’ which was picked up by the majority of media outlets reporting on the attack, has also garnered a reaction with many remphasisng that the use of sacred words does not justify such acts of indiscriminate violence.