The Facebook photo of Sayfullo Saipov that appeared on his social media account shows him looking into a rear-view mirror when he took a selfie, according to Heavy. Saipov’s Facebook page was once active, but at some point after the attack that happened in New York City, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov’s Facebook page was deleted. According to CBS News, Sayfullo is a 29-year-old man who came to the U.S. from Uzbekistan in 2010.
Saipov’s attack against people in New York has claimed the lives of at least eight people, with injuries to at least 13 people. Sayfullo is a truck driver who reportedly lived in Florida and New Jersey; however, Habibullaevic Saipov’s Facebook page mentioned living in Cleveland, Ohio. Saipov is a truck driver without an extensive criminal background, with a mere four traffic tickets to his name.
Saipov’s Facebook page didn’t show many details about his life prior to being deleted. In addition to Sayfullo’s Facebook page, he also had a Google Plus page with no photos. The social networking site displayed two eateries that he checked into in 2012: a Russian restaurant and a Jewish cafe. Saipov’s Facebook page also contained photos of cars and claimed he studied at “Moliya.” A search for “Moliya” on Facebook returned a plethora of institutions.
Saipov reportedly screamed “Allahu Akbar,” which means “God is great,” as he got out of the Home Depot truck that he had rented and allegedly used to plow down cyclists and pedestrians along Manhattan’s West Side Highway. A note discovered nearby the truck also referenced ISIS. Authorities are looking more into Saipov’s past and recent travels.
Along with any data found via Saipov’s Facebook account and other social media networking sites, authorities are also researching Saipov’s mobile devices to uncover who he has been in contact with lately. Although the investigation is still ongoing, authorities claim that Saipov’s attack has all the indications of an ISIS attack that encourages their followers to hit “soft targets,” such as pedestrians, by using vehicles.
According to PIX 11 News, Sayfullo has a girlfriend and three children, and he relocated to New Jersey with his family there recently.
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