On Tuesday, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov killed eight people and injured a dozen others in Manhattan. Saipov used a rented truck from Home Depot to carry out such unspeakable carnage.
As far as terrorist attacks go, Saipov hasn’t been a hard suspect for investigators so far. He shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack, pledged allegiance to ISIS, and even bragged about what he’d done from his hospital bed.
At the same time, Saipov wasn’t just a random attacker. In fact, in 2015, he was interviewed by federal law enforcement:
The suspected New York City attacker, Sayfullo Saipov, was interviewed in 2015 by federal agents about possible ties to suspected terrorists, but the agents did not have enough evidence to open a case on him, laws enforcement officials tell ABC News.
Saipov was listed as a “point of contact” for two men whose were listed in a Department of Homeland Security counterterrorism database and later overstayed their tourist visas, one federal official told ABC News. One was merely flagged after arriving from a so-called “threat country,” while the other vanished and was being actively sought by federal agents as a “suspected terrorist.”
In addition, reported that the mosque Saipov attended was under surveillance.
Meanwhile, there is a lot more ground to cover in this case, as investigators continue to piece together what happened.