Man Who Drove Rental Truck Into NY Bike Path Identified (Photos)

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Eight men were killed after a man plowed a truck into a New York City bike path on Oct. 31. The attacker has been identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov.

The attacker first drove the vehicle, which Home Depot later identified as a rental truck belonging to them, onto an area along the West Side Highway at 3:05 p.m. He drove on the pedestrian bike path for about 10 blocks before crashing into a school bus, ABC reports.

In addition to six initial casualties, two men later died at the hospital. One of the men is from Belgium, CNN reports. At least 11 were injured.

Following the crash, Saipov exited the truck holding up what looked like two handguns. The NYPD later confirmed that the attacker did not have any real firearms, CNN reports.

Witnesses claimed that Saipov shouted, "Allahu Akbar," upon exiting the vehicle. New York Police Commissioner James O’Neil later said this comment prompted police to suspect the incident as a terror attack, according to The Independent.

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Saipov was shot in the abdomen by a uniformed police officer and taken to the hospital.

Witnesses and officials have begun to respond to the attack, which occurred a few blocks away from the One World Trade Center.

"I saw broken bikes and people laying on the ground and others waving down the traffic," said witness Israel Ase of the aftermath to ABC. "I thought it was an accident. I called 911. I couldn't do anything more to help. I'm still in shock."

"This was an act of terror," said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, "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."

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President Donald Trump addressed the incident via Twitter:

"In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!"

About one hour later, he tweeted that we "must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere" and added that his thoughts and prayers were with the victims of the attack and their families.

Saipov is believed to have acted alone -- CNN reports that two law enforcement officers said he came to the U.S. from Uzbekistan in 2010. He has believed to live in Tampa, Florida, and may also have connections to New Jersey, where he rented the truck he used to commit the attack.

The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force has taken over as lead in the investigation.

Sources: The Independent, ABC News, CNN / Featured Image: Mike Mozart/Flickr / Embedded Images: ABC News, WCBS via CNN

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