The NYPD has confirmed the identity of the suspected perpetrator of the Manhattan attack, Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbek national, who had been preparing it for several "weeks."
Saipov, who allegedly worked as an Uber driver in New Jersey, came to the United States from Uzbekistan in March of 2010, according to police.
"What we can say is that Mr Saipov has never been the subject of an NYPD intelligence bureau investigation, nor has he been the subject of an FBI investigation," John Miller said.
NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller has said that police have found notes in the vehicle of the suspected attacker in Arabic that allegedly said that Daesh "will endure forever."
"He did this in the name of ISIS," he added.
Authorities are currently examining Saipov's connections, however, presuming that he has been in contact with other subjects of state or federal investigations.
NY Attacker 'Radicalized Domestically', 'Associated With Daesh' — Governor
"He's a depraved coward is what he is, and he was associated with ISIS [Daesh], and he was radicalized domestically, and he's a depraved coward," Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York state, said in an interview with CNN.
According to Cuomo, evidence shows that after Saipov came to the US he started to "become informed about ISIS [Daesh] and radical Islamic tactics."
It was earlier reported that eyewitnesses told the police that upon stepping out of the truck, Saipov yelled "Allahu Akbar," Arabic for "God is Great." He also left a handwritten note in the truck used to commit the attack pledging allegiance to Daesh, according to multiple published reports citing senior law enforcement officials.
Earlier, Cuomo said that the incident was a "lone wolf" attack and that there was no evidence it was part of a wider plan.
Saipov was shot by police officers and was then taken to hospital. He is currently in custody and is expected to recover from his wounds.
The attack has claimed the lives of eight people, including several foreign nationals, and left 11 injured. It is the deadliest act of terror in New York since the 9/11 attacks in 2001.The perpetrator has been identified as an Uzbek national, Sayfullo Saipov, who reportedly came to the United States in 2010.