Investigators have identified the New York terrorist attacker as Sayfullo Saipov, who killed eight and injured 11 in the city’s deadliest terrorist attack since 9/11. Saipov, who was driving a pick-up truck, plowed through the crowded streets in Manhattan along the Hudson River last Tuesday, reported the New York Times.
The attack ended when Saipov, 29, jumped out of his truck and ran through the street brandishing a paintball gun and a pellet gun while yelling “Allahu Akbar,” which is Arabic for “God is Great,” reported CNN.
Saipov has since been identified as an Islamist insurgent from Uzbekistan. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, insurgencies from the Caucasus and the attacker’s home of Uzbekistan have been noted for the unflinching brutality of their attacks, reported the New York Times.
According to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, investigators in New York think that Saipov turned to extremism after he left for the US.
Analysts say that with the fall of the Soviet Empire, more and more men are leaving in search of work, the New York Times reported. Specifically in Uzbekistan, a combination of economic failure and repressive politics has led to an influx of nearly 60,000 immigrants as of 2013 who have relocated to the United States, half of whom who end up in New York.
According to the New York Times, 2,000 to 4,000 people from Central Asia have joined Islamist groups including ISIS.
These terrorists groups have promised a better lifestyle to those who moved from Uzbekistan and other Central Asian countries by taking advantage of their lack of feelings of belonging, according to Vox.
But many of the the people that ISIS are converting aren’t being converted overseas.
“ISIS is using propaganda from overseas trying to inspire people who are already in the country. It’s a myth that we’re just simply being attacked by forces that come from abroad,” said Robert Pape, director of the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism at the University of Chicago to the Washington Post.