After Sayfullo Saipov carried out a terror attack in New York using his truck that killed eight people and injured at least 11, Muslims in a nearby mosque have condemned the act and said that the attacked deserves the death penalty. Saipov is currently in hospital in a critical condition. It is being speculated that the attacker may have attended the mosque before carrying out the deadly attack. Some of the worshippers at the Omar Mosque in Paterson, which is located near to the attacker’s home, said that what Saipov did was ridiculous and he should be hanged. The police have classified the incident as a terror attack, as investigations have revealed that Saipov is likely to be influenced by the Islamic State and he may have been brainwashed into committing the terror attack. Saipov’s attack appears to be influenced by similar attacks witnessed in France and Germany.
Saipov originally hails from Uzbekistan and he worked in New York as an Uber driver. He also had formed two commercial truck businesses. People who knew Saipov said that they never thought that Saipov would do such a thing. They said that Saipov was a hard-working man and he had good relations with his neighbors. Moreover, he did not have any presence on social media, which indicates that he may have been radicalized locally. Saipov is 29 years old and he came to US legally in 2010. Investigations are being carried out to ascertain the motive behind the attack and to identify other people who may have been involved.