Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, an Uzbek national, has been identified as the man responsible for Tuesday's terrorist attacks in Manhattan, according to the Associated Press.
Saipov, 29, reportedly lived in Tampa, Florida and carried a Florida driver's license, but may have been living in New Jersey. He entered the U.S. in 2010, according to NBC. He used a rented Uhaul truck to strike pedestrians just blocks away from the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. Authorities report 8 individuals have been killed as a result of the attack thus far.
Details surrounding Saipov's background are thus far unclear. It is also unknown whether or not he was a member of or loyal to a terrorist organization. The perpetrator's attacks mirror previous vehicular attacks that have occurred across the globe. The Islamic State encouraged its followers to engage in vehicular attacks and issued a how-to in it's Rumiyah magazine last year.
The officials aren’t authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.