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  • Police insiders say Uzbek man Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, is the terrorist who killed civilians Tuesday
  • Eight people are dead and 15 people have been injured after he drove for a mile down a bike path
  • He immigrated to the US in 2010 and has lived in Ohio and Florida, and currently resides in New Jersey
  • Saipov has two trucking companies registered under his name, and also worked as an Uber driver
  • Ride-hailing firm said he passed background checks made more than 1,400 trips during six month service
  • Documents reveal how he got married on April 12, 2013 to Uzbek Nozima Odilova, who was 19 at the time 
  • Saipov allegedly mounted West Side Highway bike path at 3.05pm on Tuesday at Houston Street
  • He then continued southbound for 17 blocks, mowing down pedestrians, runners and cyclists, cops said
  • Only when he crashed into a school bus at Chambers Street did he stop; two kids were hurt, one critically
  • The man was then seen brandishing two fake guns before being shot in the stomach by an NYPD officer
  • After coming out of surgery, Saipov showed no remorse for what he had done  
  • A note pledging his allegiance to ISIS was found in the truck he used
  • CNN said it was one note, written in English, found in his car
  • But the New York Times said it was multiple notes, written in Arabic, found outside his car
  • An official told NBC Philadelphia that the note read in part ‘ISIS lives forever’ 
  • Police are investigating a Home Depot in Passaic where Saipov is believed to have rented the truck 

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The man who allegedly ran down cyclists and pedestrians along 17 Manhattan blocks pledged his allegiance to ISIS before his attack, it has emerged. 

Police sources say Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, entered a bicycle path at Houston Street at 3.05pm and drove downtown, knocking down victims before smashing into a school bus at Chambers Street, exiting and shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’.

He then waved a paintball gun in one hand and a pellet gun in the other, and was shot in the abdomen by a police officer. After coming out of surgery, he showed no remorse for what he had done and was reportedly proud. 

Images of ISIS flags were found in his truck, as well as a handwritten note pledging his allegiance to the terrorist group.

An official said that the note read in part ‘ISIS lives forever,’ according to NBC Philadelphia.

CNN said it was one note, written in English, found inside the car. But the New York Times reports that it was multiple notes, written in Arabic, found outside the car. 

As the horrific toll – currently at eight dead and at least 15 injured, including one child in critical condition – climbed up, details began to emerge about Saipov’s life. 

He was an Uzbekistan native who had lived in the US for seven years and ran two trucking companies located in Ohio, sources claim.   

The ride-hailing company Uber said Saipov passed its background check and drove for the service for six months, making more than 1,400 trips. 

Documents reveal how he got married on April 12, 2013 to Nozima Odilova, who was 19 at the time. Both list Tashkent, Uzbekistan, as their hometown. 

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Sayfullo Saipov has been identified by police insiders as the man who ran down more than a dozen civilians in New York on Tuesday from Florida. He's said to be the man on the ground; the terrorist was shot in the stomach after leaving his truck

Sayfullo Saipov has been identified by police insiders as the man who ran down more than a dozen civilians in New York on Tuesday from Florida. He's said to be the man on the ground; the terrorist was shot in the stomach after leaving his truck

Sayfullo Saipov has been identified by police insiders as the man who ran down more than a dozen civilians in New York on Tuesday from Florida. He’s said to be the man on the ground; the terrorist was shot in the stomach after leaving his truck

Saipov (pictured) was allegedly seen moments before he was shot trying to flee the scene

Saipov (pictured) was allegedly seen moments before he was shot trying to flee the scene

The attacker (seen in video) brandished two fake weapons - a pellet gun and a paint gun - after getting out of the truck, leading to him being shot

The attacker (seen in video) brandished two fake weapons - a pellet gun and a paint gun - after getting out of the truck, leading to him being shot

Saipov (seen left) was allegedly seen moments before he was shot trying to flee the scene. The attacker (right) brandished two fake weapons – a pellet gun and a paint gun – after getting out of the truck, leading to him being shot

Saidpov is reportedly seen here holding his two fake guns after climbing out of the Home Depot truck. He ran about a block south of the crash before being shot

Saidpov is reportedly seen here holding his two fake guns after climbing out of the Home Depot truck. He ran about a block south of the crash before being shot

Saidpov is reportedly seen here holding his two fake guns after climbing out of the Home Depot truck. He ran about a block south of the crash before being shot

This is the rented Home Depot truck that plowed through cyclists and runners on the bicycle path. It only stopped when Saipov allegedly deliberately struck a schoolbus at an intersection

This is the rented Home Depot truck that plowed through cyclists and runners on the bicycle path. It only stopped when Saipov allegedly deliberately struck a schoolbus at an intersection

This is the rented Home Depot truck that plowed through cyclists and runners on the bicycle path. It only stopped when Saipov allegedly deliberately struck a schoolbus at an intersection

The side of the bus crumpled in, collapsing onto the chairs - and children - inside. Two children and two adults were hospitalized after the crash. One of the children was in critical condition

The side of the bus crumpled in, collapsing onto the chairs - and children - inside. Two children and two adults were hospitalized after the crash. One of the children was in critical condition

The side of the bus crumpled in, collapsing onto the chairs – and children – inside. Two children and two adults were hospitalized after the crash. One of the children was in critical condition

Shattered bicycles are seen here on the West Side Highway bike path where eight people were killed and at least 15 more injured. At least five of those who were killed had rented Citibikes before they were hit

Shattered bicycles are seen here on the West Side Highway bike path where eight people were killed and at least 15 more injured. At least five of those who were killed had rented Citibikes before they were hit

Shattered bicycles are seen here on the West Side Highway bike path where eight people were killed and at least 15 more injured. At least five of those who were killed had rented Citibikes before they were hit

Saipov is originally from Uzbekistan, but immigrated to the US in 2010, and at the time of his arrest he was holding an identification card that listed his home as Tampa, Florida.

However police say that he was most recently living in Paterson, New Jersey. Investigators are now combing a Home Depot in Passaic, New Jersey, where he is believed to have picked up the truck and may have left his own vehicle. A white minivan was seen surrounded by police tape.

Kobiljon Matkarov, 37, of Maimisburg, Ohio, said that he met Saipov five years ago, and they bonded over their shared Uzbek heritage.

‘He is very good guy, he is very friendly… he is like little brother… he look at me like big brother,’ he told The New York Post.

He said Saipov had been working as an Uber driver in New Jersey this summer, and that the alleged terrorist had driven him, his wife and their five children to New York’s JFK airport during a recent trip to their home country.

Saipov was very friendly, he said, and good with children: ‘My kids like him too, he is always playing with them. He is playing all the time,’ he said – but added that when one of the children asked to take a photo with him, Saipov refused. ‘He no like that. He said no,’ Matkarov said.

This Paterson, New Jersey apartment is believed to be registered to Saipov. Police said that a picture of an ISIS flag was found in his truck, as well as handwritten notes pledging allegiance to the so-called Islamic State

This Paterson, New Jersey apartment is believed to be registered to Saipov. Police said that a picture of an ISIS flag was found in his truck, as well as handwritten notes pledging allegiance to the so-called Islamic State

This Paterson, New Jersey apartment is believed to be registered to Saipov. Police said that a picture of an ISIS flag was found in his truck, as well as handwritten notes pledging allegiance to the so-called Islamic State

Matkarov said he was shocked by the claim that his friend had murdered and injured two dozen people, and that he didn’t know of any terrorist connections he may have had. 

Saipov has close links to Osh, in the ex-Soviet state Kyrgyzstan, according to Ruslan Leviev, head of the Conflict Intelligence Team, an anti-Kremlin social media monitoring group.

He has social media links to friends in the city, also the home of Akbarjon Djalilov, who bombed the St Petersburg metro last year, was from.

The city has an ethnic Uzbek population who claim to be repressed.

The manager of Saipov’s local grocery store in Paterson, Farm Boy Super Fresh Supermarket on Getty Avenue, had a very different opinion of the man. 

She claims that Saipov was an ‘erratic’ customer who berated the cashiers, the New York Post reported.

‘Every time he came here he was always erratic or arguing with the cashiers,’ the manager, who did not want to provide her name, told The Post.

‘He would get angry very fast…. he would break the cans, dumb things,’ she said, adding that he was known for his rude behavior.

‘I feel like he was prejudiced to the cashiers – whether they were covered or not in a hijab – he would belittle them,’ she told The Post.

‘He was talking good English, proper, but he would call the cashiers dumb, uneducated – how they didn’t know how to scan the items.’

She also said that Saipov, who moved to the U.S. in 2010 from Uzbekistan, argued often about the price of Canada Dry Ginger Ale. 

‘Soda was the problem. He would come here and buy soda,’ she said. ‘He would give us a hard time on the 12-pack Canada Dry – if it was one price he would want his own price. It was always the soda, always a problem with the 12-pack of cans. Always a problem.’

Uber said in a statement on Tuesday night: ‘We are horrified by this senseless of violence. Our hearts are with the victims and their families. We have reached out to law enforcement to provide our full assistance.’

The company said that he had passed a background check by the company and that they are now ‘aggressively’ reviewing his history with them, although they had not yet found any ‘concerning safety reports.’

The company added that he has been banned from the app.  

Police were investigating this Home Depot in Passaic, New Jersey, where he's believed to have rented the truck. Saipov had ID linking him to Florida, but had most recently been living in Paterson, New Jersey, police claimed

Police were investigating this Home Depot in Passaic, New Jersey, where he's believed to have rented the truck. Saipov had ID linking him to Florida, but had most recently been living in Paterson, New Jersey, police claimed

Police were investigating this Home Depot in Passaic, New Jersey, where he’s believed to have rented the truck. Saipov had ID linking him to Florida, but had most recently been living in Paterson, New Jersey, police claimed

A vehicle is surrounded by a police perimeter in the parking lot of a Home Depot store in Passaic, New Jersey where authorities believe Saipov rented the truck used in the attack

A vehicle is surrounded by a police perimeter in the parking lot of a Home Depot store in Passaic, New Jersey where authorities believe Saipov rented the truck used in the attack

A vehicle is surrounded by a police perimeter in the parking lot of a Home Depot store in Passaic, New Jersey where authorities believe Saipov rented the truck used in the attack

According to public records, Saipov worked as a commercial truck driver and has previously lived in Ohio. It’s unclear how long he had been in New Jersey or New York prior to the attack.

He also has two businesses registered to Ohio: Sayf Motors Inc. was registered in Hamilton County from May 2011, and is located in an apartment in Cincinnati; and Bright Auto LLC was registered in Cuyahoga Falls from August 2013 and is located in another apartment. 

Bright Auto LLC is an active carrier registered with the U.S. Department of Transportation. Records show that the trucking company has one truck and one driver. 

The company said it could not confirm if the suspect had rented the vehicle, but they are cooperating with police. 

Saipov also has a minor criminal record for traffic offenses in Missouri and Pennsylvania. 

He provided an address in St Charles County, Missouri, for the 2016 Missouri traffic violation, which shows the location is registered address for STL Logistics LLC. That company had a Freightliner tractor and semi-trailer registered, records show. 

Court records show that he was stopped in Mount Holly Springs Borough, Pennsylvania, on March 2015. Saipov provided an address in St Charles County, Missouri for that traffic violation, which shows the location is registered address for STL Logistics LLC.

Saipov, who provided authorities with an address in Paterson, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to a single charge of maximum length of a single trailer and paid fees associated with the citation.  

A 19-YEAR-OLD WIFE, 1,400 UBER TRIPS AND TWO TRUCKING FIRMS: WHO IS SAYFULLO SAIPOV?

Police say the attack that transformed a popular New York City bike path along the Hudson River into a scene of terror was perpetrated by a lone man they consider a terrorist.

A family friend described the suspect as calm and hard-working, while President Donald Trump derided him as ‘sick and deranged.’ A picture of the man’s life only just began to emerge in the immediate hours after the Tuesday attack that killed at eight people and injured 11 more.

A look at what is known about Sayfullo Saipov:

A YOUNG IMMIGRANT

Officials who were not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on the condition of anonymity identified Saipov as the attacker and said he is 29 and originally from Uzbekistan.

He came to the U.S. legally in 2010, the officials said, and it is believed that he lived first in Ohio after his arrival.

An acquaintance, Dilnoza Abdusamatova, said Saipov briefly stayed with his family in a Cincinnati suburb upon immigrating.

‘He always used to work,’ Abdusamatova told The Cincinnati Enquirer. ‘He wouldn’t go to parties or anything. He only used to come home and rest and leave and go back to work.’

The ride-hailing company Uber said Sayfullo Saipov (pictured) passed its background check and drove for the service for six months, making more than 1,400 trips

The ride-hailing company Uber said Sayfullo Saipov (pictured) passed its background check and drove for the service for six months, making more than 1,400 trips

The ride-hailing company Uber said Sayfullo Saipov (pictured) passed its background check and drove for the service for six months, making more than 1,400 trips

The ride-hailing company Uber said Sayfullo Saipov (pictured) passed its background check and drove for the service for six months, making more than 1,400 trips

The ride-hailing company Uber said Sayfullo Saipov (pictured) passed its background check and drove for the service for six months, making more than 1,400 trips 

DRAWN TO FLORIDA

Authorities said Saipov had a Florida driver’s license and some public records showed an address for him at a Tampa apartment complex.

Residents at that complex said FBI agents came by Tuesday evening and conducted interviews.

Michael Roberts, 30, an overnight shift worker, said he was asleep when the agents showed up at about 5.30pm but that they interviewed his cousin. He said both he and his cousin had moved in only a week ago and had never heard of Saipov.

A friend who met Saipov in Florida, Kobiljon Matkarov, told The New York Times and the New York Post that he seemed like a ‘very good guy.’

‘My kids like him too. He is always playing with them,’ Matkarov told the Post.

NEW JERSEY TIES

Officials said Saipov was living recently in New Jersey, where he allegedly rented a Home Depot pickup truck an hour before driving it onto the bike path.

On Tuesday night, police investigating the deadly rampage surrounded a white Toyota minivan with Florida plates parked in the parking lot of a Home Depot in Passaic, New Jersey.

The van was parked near the company’s rental trucks.

UBER DRIVER

The ride-hailing company Uber said Saipov passed its background check and drove for the service for six months, making more than 1,400 trips.

The company said it banned him from the service after the attack. It said it was in touch with the FBI and offered its assistance and that it was reviewing Saipov’s driving history but found no related safety reports.

COMMERCIAL TRUCK DRIVER

Records show Saipov was a commercial truck driver who formed a pair of businesses in Ohio.

The first business, Sayf Motors Inc., used the address of a family friend near Cincinnati with whom Saipov had stayed for a couple of weeks after his arrival in the country.

The second, Bright Auto LLC, used an address near Cleveland.

A trucking industry website listed Saipov at a Paterson, New Jersey, address that authorities were searching Tuesday night. Court records related to trucking-related infractions list Saipov with addresses in Paterson and the Cleveland suburbs.

According to the records, a warrant was issued for Saipov’s arrest in April 2016 when he missed a hearing on a misdemeanor for not having the right brakes on his vehicle. He resolved the case in November 2016 by pleading guilty and paying $200 in fines and court costs.

NO DIGITAL FOOTPRINT

No social media accounts linked to Saipov emerged immediately after the attack, but there were possible clues to his personal life.

A marriage license filed in Summit County, Ohio, lists a man by the name of Sayfulloh Saipov marrying Nozima Odilova on April 12, 2013 when she was about 19. It lists the same Cleveland-area apartment noted as the headquarters of Bright Auto LLC.

The license lists Saipov as a truck driver. His wife is about six years younger. Both list Tashkent, Uzbekistan, as their hometown.

Police investigated this apartment building on Genesse Ave in Paterson, New Jersey, where the suspect is alleged to have lived prior to the attacks

Police investigated this apartment building on Genesse Ave in Paterson, New Jersey, where the suspect is alleged to have lived prior to the attacks

Police investigated this apartment building on Genesse Ave in Paterson, New Jersey, where the suspect is alleged to have lived prior to the attacks

A police officer is seen here blocking off the road leading to the apartment where he's believed to live. It's unclear if anyone else lived in the Paterson apartment with Saipov

A police officer is seen here blocking off the road leading to the apartment where he's believed to live. It's unclear if anyone else lived in the Paterson apartment with Saipov

A police officer is seen here blocking off the road leading to the apartment where he’s believed to live. It’s unclear if anyone else lived in the Paterson apartment with Saipov

The front of the Tampa, Florida apartment building that Saipov also listed as an address is pictured on Tuesday night

The front of the Tampa, Florida apartment building that Saipov also listed as an address is pictured on Tuesday night

The front of the Tampa, Florida apartment building that Saipov also listed as an address is pictured on Tuesday night

Saipov was cited in Pennsylvania in 2015 for 'Max length of a single trailer' and pleaded guilty

Saipov was cited in Pennsylvania in 2015 for 'Max length of a single trailer' and pleaded guilty

Saipov was cited in Pennsylvania in 2015 for ‘Max length of a single trailer’ and pleaded guilty

He paid the associated fines from the citation. He was also cited for a traffic violation in Missouri in 2016

He paid the associated fines from the citation. He was also cited for a traffic violation in Missouri in 2016

He paid the associated fines from the citation. He was also cited for a traffic violation in Missouri in 2016

Video footage seen by DailyMail.com suggested that injured people were being treated around every 10 feet along the bike lane struck by the truck. 

Among those killed were five Argentinians in New York for a class of 1987 school reunion, according to the Argentine government. They were named as Ariel Erlij, Hernán Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damián Pagnucco and Hernán Ferruchi.

The statement said that ‘a sixth victim, Martin Ludovico Marro, is hospitalized at the Presbyterian Hospital of Manhattan recovering from injuries suffered [and is] out of danger’.

‘The compatriots, from the city of Rosario, were part of a group of friends celebrating the 30th anniversary of their graduation from the polytechnic school of that city when the tragic event occurred,’ it continued.

‘The consulate general continues working in permanent contact with the police authorities and the hospital that received the affected, as well as with the relatives in Argentina. 

‘We accompany the families in this terrible moment of deep pain, which all Argentines share.’ 

Five members of this group of Argentinian friends were killed when a terrorist ran them and others down in New York on Tuesday. The murdered men are Hernán Diego Mendoza (far left), Alejandro Damián Pagnucco (second from left), Ariel Erlij (third from left), Diego Enrique Angelini (second from right) and Hernán Ferruchi (third from right). A sixth friend, Martin Ludovico Marro (not pictured), was injured

Five members of this group of Argentinian friends were killed when a terrorist ran them and others down in New York on Tuesday. The murdered men are Hernán Diego Mendoza (far left), Alejandro Damián Pagnucco (second from left), Ariel Erlij (third from left), Diego Enrique Angelini (second from right) and Hernán Ferruchi (third from right). A sixth friend, Martin Ludovico Marro (not pictured), was injured

Five members of this group of Argentinian friends were killed when a terrorist ran them and others down in New York on Tuesday. The murdered men are Hernán Diego Mendoza (far left), Alejandro Damián Pagnucco (second from left), Ariel Erlij (third from left), Diego Enrique Angelini (second from right) and Hernán Ferruchi (third from right). A sixth friend, Martin Ludovico Marro (not pictured), was injured

Ariel Erlij was one of the Argentinians killed in the attack

Ariel Erlij was one of the Argentinians killed in the attack

Alejandro Pagnucco (believed to be seen here with his wife and children) was also killed

Alejandro Pagnucco (believed to be seen here with his wife and children) was also killed

Ariel Erlij (left) was one of the Argentinians killed in the attack. He ran a steel mill in his home country, and had paid for the flights of several of his friends. Alejandro Pagnucco (right, believed to be pictured with his wife and children) was also killed

Diego Enrique Angelini was also killed in the attack

Diego Enrique Angelini was also killed in the attack

Hernán Diego Mendoza was another victim. The other man killed in the incident was Hernán Ferruchi. A sixth Argentinian victim, Martin Ludovico Marro, was hospitalized

Hernán Diego Mendoza was another victim. The other man killed in the incident was Hernán Ferruchi. A sixth Argentinian victim, Martin Ludovico Marro, was hospitalized

Diego Enrique Angelini (left) was also killed in the attack, as was Hernán Diego Mendoza (right). The other man killed in the incident was Hernán Ferruchi. A sixth Argentinian victim, Martin Ludovico Marro, was hospitalized

Erlij, 48, was a steel mill owner who had paid for flights for several of his friends so they could attend, according to local Argentine newspapers, The Guardian reported.

Marro (left, with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, center, and Marro's wife Mariana Dagatti, right, at a Republican fundraiser last week) is an immigrant scientist who has lived in Newton, Mass., for seven years

Marro (left, with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, center, and Marro's wife Mariana Dagatti, right, at a Republican fundraiser last week) is an immigrant scientist who has lived in Newton, Mass., for seven years

Marro (left, with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, center, and Marro’s wife Mariana Dagatti, right, at a Republican fundraiser last week) is an immigrant scientist who has lived in Newton, Mass., for seven years

Marro is an immigrant scientist who has lived in the Massachusetts city of Newton for seven years; last week he and his wife held a fundraiser for Republican Newton City Councilor James Cote.

Tom Mountain, chairman of the Newton Republican City Committee, said the couple are ‘kind, caring and wonderful people,’ and said that the ‘horror show’ attack had left the committee ‘absolutely stunned.’

Before his death, Pagnucco had shared a photograph of himself in New York with a Facebook group dedicated to the multiplayer war video game War Machines, in which he played as a tank commander with the nickname ‘Janus’.

In a post on the group, one of its members remembered him as an ‘excellent person [with] spotless conduct,’ adding, ‘you really are a friend to all of us and we’re going to miss you… May you rest in peace for all eternity.’ 

Argentina was not the only foreign country whose citizens were caught up in the attack. 

Didier Reynders, deputy prime minister and foreign affairs minister for Belgium, confirmed that a Belgian was among the killed and three others were wounded.

The slain victim was a woman from Roeselare who was visiting New York with her sister and mother, Reynders told Belga. It’s unclear whether her family are the other Belgian victims, or – if so – who the third injured person might be.

‘I am deeply saddened to announce a Belgian victim in Manhattan,’ Reynders tweeted. ‘I express my condolences to the family and friends.’

He said the three others that were hurt were ‘in the operating room’.  

Saipov turned on to the West Street bike track at Houston Street then drove for 17 blocks south. The pathway leads down towars Ground Zero. Saipov drove the full distance, only coming to a stop when he hit a school bus at Chambers Street

Saipov turned on to the West Street bike track at Houston Street then drove for 17 blocks south. The pathway leads down towars Ground Zero. Saipov drove the full distance, only coming to a stop when he hit a school bus at Chambers Street

Saipov turned on to the West Street bike track at Houston Street then drove for 17 blocks south. The pathway leads down towars Ground Zero. Saipov drove the full distance, only coming to a stop when he hit a school bus at Chambers Street

The crash area is just seven blocks from Ground Zero and is a stone's throw from City Hall

The crash area is just seven blocks from Ground Zero and is a stone's throw from City Hall

The crash area is just seven blocks from Ground Zero and is a stone’s throw from City Hall

Saipov is pictured here in an arrest photo after he failed to pay a traffic citation in St. Charles County, Missouri 2016

Saipov is pictured here in an arrest photo after he failed to pay a traffic citation in St. Charles County, Missouri 2016

NYPD officer Ryan Nash (above), 28, is being credited with stopping the attack from becoming worse by shooting Saipov

NYPD officer Ryan Nash (above), 28, is being credited with stopping the attack from becoming worse by shooting Saipov

Saipov is pictured left in an arrest photo after he failed to pay a traffic citation in St. Charles County, Missouri 2016. He was shot and wounded by Officer Ryan Nash (pictured right), a five-year veteran of the NYPD

Saipov was was shot by hero NYPD officer Ryan Nash, 28. Nash was attending to a 2:35pm report of a suicidal 17-year-old girl at nearby Stuyvesant High School when he confronted the alleged terrorist.

The suspect refused to drop his weapons, police said, so Nash shot and arrested him. 

In a press conference earlier in the day, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill applauded Nash’s heroism without naming him, saying: ‘I want to commend the response of our NYPD officer that was on post near the location who stopped the carnage moments after it began.’

Despite the day’s terrifying events, New Yorkers still took to the streets to attend both Halloween parties and the annual Halloween Parade up 6th Avenue.

Tens of thousands of zombies, vampires, ghouls and ghosts packed out the streets – protected by a ramped-up police presence.

Streets connecting to 6th Avenue were blocked off not just with barriers, but with heavy vehicles capable of stopping cars that might attempt to bust through. 

Heavy arms units were also on the scene, as well as thousands of NYPD officers. 

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo were also present – thought not in costume – as a show of strength against the terrorist attack. 

In a press conference on Tuesday night, both men promised that New York would stand tall.  

‘We know this action was intended to break out spirit,’ De Blasio said. ‘But we also know New Yorkers are strong, resilient and our spirit will never be moved by an act of violence or an act meant to intimidate us.’ 

Despite the day's terrifying events, New Yorkers still took to the streets to attend both Halloween parties and the annual Halloween Parade up 6th Avenue. The Freedom Tower can be seen in the back of the image

Despite the day's terrifying events, New Yorkers still took to the streets to attend both Halloween parties and the annual Halloween Parade up 6th Avenue. The Freedom Tower can be seen in the back of the image

Despite the day’s terrifying events, New Yorkers still took to the streets to attend both Halloween parties and the annual Halloween Parade up 6th Avenue. The Freedom Tower can be seen in the back of the image

Heavily armed police were on the scene to protect paraders and spectators - part of the city's ramped-up security in the wake of the attack. Heavy vehicles were also placed at entrances along the parade route to stop cars from busting through

Heavily armed police were on the scene to protect paraders and spectators - part of the city's ramped-up security in the wake of the attack. Heavy vehicles were also placed at entrances along the parade route to stop cars from busting through

Heavily armed police were on the scene to protect paraders and spectators – part of the city’s ramped-up security in the wake of the attack. Heavy vehicles were also placed at entrances along the parade route to stop cars from busting through

The annual parade attracts tens of thousands of people. In a press conference earlier in the evening, Mayor Bill De Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the city would refuse to cower in the face of terrorism

The annual parade attracts tens of thousands of people. In a press conference earlier in the evening, Mayor Bill De Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the city would refuse to cower in the face of terrorism

The annual parade attracts tens of thousands of people. In a press conference earlier in the evening, Mayor Bill De Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the city would refuse to cower in the face of terrorism

Cuomo (seen left) and De Blasio (to his right) both joined in the Halloween parade

Cuomo (seen left) and De Blasio (to his right) both joined in the Halloween parade

They were seen waving to crowds and clapping as the event rolled on

They were seen waving to crowds and clapping as the event rolled on

Cuomo (seen on the left of both images) and De Blasio (to his right) both joined in the Halloween parade. They were seen waving to crowds and clapping as the event rolled on

Also in the press conference, De Blasio said: ‘Based on the information we have, this was an act of terror and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians, people going about their lives,’ he said, but promised that New York would not bow.

De Blasio was joined by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who prayed for those killed. 

‘It reminds us all how precious life is. They left the house the morning, they were enjoying the beautiful west side of Manhattan on a beautiful fall day and now they will not be returning home. 

‘That shock and that pain is going to be very real,’ he said. 

President and First Lady Trump both shared their thoughts on the attack on Twitter 

President and First Lady Trump both shared their thoughts on the attack on Twitter 

President and First Lady Trump both shared their thoughts on the attack on Twitter 

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill confirmed the driver’s movements. He would not release his identity or nationality, saying it was too early in the investigation to share such details.  

President Trump acknowledged the attack on Twitter, describing the perpetrator as a ‘sick’ individual. 

‘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.!’ he wrote.

Melania Trump, who was in Manhattan when the attack occurred, said: ‘My heart breaks for NYC today. Thoughts & prayers as we monitor the situation.’

Rabi Chaim Zacklos, who works at a school near the scene, told DailyMail.com he was rushing his students away as the FBI and police shouted at them to stay back.

He said the suspect started hitting cyclists on Chambers on the cross section with the West Side bike path. He then got out of the car and was shot by police at the intersection with Warren and the bike path.

He didn’t hear anyone shout anything. He was one block south on Murray at the time.

Saipov came to a stop by crashing into a school bus after plowing through others on the bike path. There were several children inside the bus; two were injured and one left in critical condition

Saipov came to a stop by crashing into a school bus after plowing through others on the bike path. There were several children inside the bus; two were injured and one left in critical condition

Saipov came to a stop by crashing into a school bus after plowing through others on the bike path. There were several children inside the bus; two were injured and one left in critical condition

The driver eventually came to a stop beneath the Tribeca bridge at Chambers Street where he got out of the car and was shot. The car took with it a large amount of debris from the cycle path

The driver eventually came to a stop beneath the Tribeca bridge at Chambers Street where he got out of the car and was shot. The car took with it a large amount of debris from the cycle path

The driver eventually came to a stop beneath the Tribeca bridge at Chambers Street where he got out of the car and was shot. The car took with it a large amount of debris from the cycle path

Cyclists are among the dead. Above, one victim lies beneath a sheet next to a crumpled Citibike after being hit 

Cyclists are among the dead. Above, one victim lies beneath a sheet next to a crumpled Citibike after being hit 

Cyclists are among the dead. Above, one victim lies beneath a sheet next to a crumpled Citibike after being hit 

This is the scene at a bicycle path on the West Side Highway, which the driver raced down after veering off-road

This is the scene at a bicycle path on the West Side Highway, which the driver raced down after veering off-road

This is the scene at a bicycle path on the West Side Highway, which the driver raced down after veering off-road

Despite the added security, city officials said there was no evidence that Tuesday’s attack was part of a wider terror plot.  

Witnesses described hearing five to ten gun shots, all of which came from police guns.  

Others ran for their lives as they watched the truck plow into pedestrians after veering off the road.      

Shocking video footage from the scene showed cyclists lying on the ground with their bikes smashed in to pieces around them.  By-passers were seen tending to them as they awaited medical attention. 

In the surrounding area, students were in the middle of doing exams when they heard police firing shots. 

Roza Kazan, a student at the BMCC, said she was in the middle of a statistics mid term when the chaos unfolded.

She told DailyMail.com: ‘An announcer said in the middle of the test there had been a shooting. But he said there were so many police that it was safe to stay inside and carry on. So I finished the test.

‘Then he came on again and said that the shooting occurred because someone had run people down in their car.

‘I was getting a coffee on the corner where it happened just a couple of hours earlier. I can’t believe the announcer was so calm. It made it seemed like what was happening wasn’t serious.’

A woman is seen being treated by paramedics at the scene of the attack in Tribeca, downtown Manhattan, on Tuesday 

A woman is seen being treated by paramedics at the scene of the attack in Tribeca, downtown Manhattan, on Tuesday 

A woman is seen being treated by paramedics at the scene of the attack in Tribeca, downtown Manhattan, on Tuesday 

An injured victim is taken to hospital after the attack on Tuesday afternoon. Eleven people are were injured in the attack and eight are dead 

An injured victim is taken to hospital after the attack on Tuesday afternoon. Eleven people are were injured in the attack and eight are dead 

An injured victim is taken to hospital after the attack on Tuesday afternoon. Eleven people are were injured in the attack and eight are dead 

An NYPD officer stands beside one of the bodies of the victims on the cycle path on Tuesday afternoon 

An NYPD officer stands beside one of the bodies of the victims on the cycle path on Tuesday afternoon 

An NYPD officer stands beside one of the bodies of the victims on the cycle path on Tuesday afternoon 

This is the chaotic scene at the site of the crash, after Saipov and his alleged victims were taken to hospital

This is the chaotic scene at the site of the crash, after Saipov and his alleged victims were taken to hospital

This is the chaotic scene at the site of the crash, after Saipov and his alleged victims were taken to hospital

The truck came to a stop after crashing into a school bus at Chambers Street. It remains at the scene

The truck came to a stop after crashing into a school bus at Chambers Street. It remains at the scene

The truck came to a stop after crashing into a school bus at Chambers Street. It remains at the scene

Parents nervously hurried their children away from the scene as police continued to work. The attack happened just as children were being let out for the day 

Parents nervously hurried their children away from the scene as police continued to work. The attack happened just as children were being let out for the day 

Parents nervously hurried their children away from the scene as police continued to work. The attack happened just as children were being let out for the day 

A little girl cries as she is navigated away from the scene on Tuesday afternoon 

A little girl cries as she is navigated away from the scene on Tuesday afternoon 

A little girl cries as she is navigated away from the scene on Tuesday afternoon 

'A painful day': NYPD Commissioner James P. O'Neill (center) at a press conference at Police Plaza with Governor Andrew Cuomo (right) and Mayor Bill De Blasio (left) to speak about the attack 

'A painful day': NYPD Commissioner James P. O'Neill (center) at a press conference at Police Plaza with Governor Andrew Cuomo (right) and Mayor Bill De Blasio (left) to speak about the attack 

‘A painful day’: NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill (center) at a press conference at Police Plaza with Governor Andrew Cuomo (right) and Mayor Bill De Blasio (left) to speak about the attack 

Within minutes of the first reports, there was an enormous police and fire service presence at the site. 

Ezequiel Gonzalez, 18, a speech coach at Stuyvesant High School, told DailyMail.com at the scene: ‘I heard what sounded like gas caskets and I went up on the bridge and saw a car caved in. 

‘Then I was pushed back and saw the ambulances arriving. The school was put on lockdown.’

John Williams, 22, told DailyMail.com he was there around 30 seconds after the gun shot: ‘I saw one man lying on the ground being looked after by paramedics and cops, another man getting arrested and what seemed like another man running towards the Hudson River.

‘I came out and saw a man holding two guns. I could still smell the gunfire. It was a very strong scent. I was concerned for the safety of everyone because there was someone walking around with a gun.’ 

Williams said he heard between five and ten gun shots in total. 

Mohammad Hamza Amzher, another witness, said the suspect looked Hispanic and strongly denied the man hearing him shout ‘Allah Akbhar’. He saw him walking down the street wearing a hoodie and holding a gun. 

At the time, school children were being let out of class after a day of Halloween festivities.

City officials said there would be an increased police presence across New York for the rest of the day and week 

City officials said there would be an increased police presence across New York for the rest of the day and week 

City officials said there would be an increased police presence across New York for the rest of the day and week 

HOW TERRORISTS HAVE USED TRUCKS TO MURDER HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE IN A MATTER OF MONTHS 

Today’s terror attack in New York is chillingly similar to a spate of killings in Europe in recent months where vehicles were used.

It is believed six people were killed by a truck driver who mowed them down on a bike path in lower Manhattan.

The driver made his way from Houston Street down towards Tribeca where he mounted the bike path on the West Side Highway shortly after 3pm.

After striking several cyclists and runners, he came to a stop when his truck crashed into a school bus beneath the Tribeca bridge.

But it is not the first time a vehicle has been used to carry out mass murder in Western Europe with similar atrocities taking place in Britain, France , Germany, Spain and Stockholm and claiming well over 100 lives.

In August, Barcelona terrorist Younes Abouyaaqoub calmly walking away seconds after ploughing a van into crowds on the Ramblas murdering 14 people.

Abouqaaqoub was part of a 12-man cell who brought terror to Barcelona on August 17 and 18.

Barcelona: On August 17, a van plowed through crowds on La Rambla, murdering 14 people 

Barcelona: On August 17, a van plowed through crowds on La Rambla, murdering 14 people 

Barcelona: On August 17, a van plowed through crowds on La Rambla, murdering 14 people 

Hours after the Ramblas attack, five other members of the gang ploughed into pedestrians in the nearby seaside town of Cambrils before they went on the rampage with an axe and large knives, stabbing one person to death.

A driver has deliberately ploughed a van into pedestrians in Barcelona killing at least 13 and wounding dozens

On Bastille Day in the summer of last year, 86 people were killed when a truck was driven through crowds enjoying fireworks in Nice.

Low tech attacks using stolen and hired vehicles to randomly rammed into crowds, have been increasingly used by terrorists unable to get hold of guns and explosives.

In June a team of jihadists used a hire van to drive through pedestrians at London Bridge before going on the rampage with knives

‘Whether they are going to be permanent or temporary, time will tell. It is very difficult to stop, nigh on impossible.’

Before today’s attack there had been a series of atrocities using cars and trucks in 2016 and 2017.

In June a team of jihadists used a hire van to drive through pedestrians at London Bridge before going on the rampage with knives.

On March 22, Khalid Masood, 52, drove a Hyundai 4×4 over Westminster Bridge, mowing down members of the public before crashing into a fence beside Big Ben.

Stockholm: On April 7, 2017 a hijacked truck was deliberately driven into crowds before being crashed through a corner of a department store. Five were killed 

Stockholm: On April 7, 2017 a hijacked truck was deliberately driven into crowds before being crashed through a corner of a department store. Five were killed 

Stockholm: On April 7, 2017 a hijacked truck was deliberately driven into crowds before being crashed through a corner of a department store. Five were killed 

He then got out of the car and attacked PC Keith Palmer with a knife.

Masood was shot twice by police and died when he was taken to hospital.

Five people died in the attack, including PC Palmer.

In April, in central Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, a hijacked truck was deliberately driven into crowds before being crashed through a corner of a department store

The day after the Westminster attack, a man in Antwerp drove into a crowded shopping area in the Belgian city in an attempted attack, but no one was injured. 

An ISIS-inspired massacre took place in Germany when a terrorist drove a truck through a Christmas market in Berlin. Twelve people were killed in the attack on December 19.

Anis Amri stole a cargo truck and killed 12 people when he drove through a Christmas market next to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church at Breitscheidplatz.

London, Westminster Bridge: On March 22, six people were killed when a terrorist mounted the walkway 

London, Westminster Bridge: On March 22, six people were killed when a terrorist mounted the walkway 

London, Westminster Bridge: On March 22, six people were killed when a terrorist mounted the walkway 

Among the dozen people killed was the original driver of the truck Lukasz Urban who was found dead with a gunshot wound in the passenger street.

An ISIS-inspired massacre took place in Germany when a terrorist drove a truck through a Christmas market in Berlin

Amri was a Tunisian who had failed to gain asylum status in the country. He was killed in Milan four days later after an international manhunt.

But the most deadly was the driver of a tractor-trailer who targeted Bastille Day revelers in the southern French city of Nice in July 2016.

On the evening of July 14, a 19-tonne cargo truck was driven into crowds on the Promenage des Anglais.

ISIS fanatic Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was behind the wheel and after exchanging gunfire with police, the Tunisian migrant was shot dead.

Thousands had gathered on the seafront to watch the fireworks that night. 86 of them died and 434 were injured.  

Nice: 86 died when a 19-tonne cargo truck was driven into crowds on the Promenage des Anglais during Bastille Day celebrations on July 15, 2016

Nice: 86 died when a 19-tonne cargo truck was driven into crowds on the Promenage des Anglais during Bastille Day celebrations on July 15, 2016

Nice: 86 died when a 19-tonne cargo truck was driven into crowds on the Promenage des Anglais during Bastille Day celebrations on July 15, 2016

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