‘Scared and sad’

Wife of suspect in NYC terror attack tells FBI she knew nothing about his plans

A photo of Sayfullo Saipov is displayed at a news conference where New York officials briefed reporters on the investigation into a driver that drove down a bicycle path with a pickup truck a day earlier, killing eight people and injuring 11, in Manhattan, Nov. 1, 2017. (Sam Hodgson/The New York Times)

Nozima Odilova, the 24-year-old wife of Sayfullo Saipov, the man accused of killing 8 people in a terror attack in New York City, has reportedly told the FBI that she had had no idea about her husband’s plan to run down people on a bike path with a truck. According to The Washington Post, Odilova seemed “shocked and horrified and scared and sad” after speaking with the FBI at her home in Paterson, New Jersey. She has reportedly been asked to cooperate fully to help ensure that her husband had not harmed anyone else.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said that Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old immigrant from Uzbekistan who came to the U.S. in 2010, had started to become “informed about ISIS and radical Islamic tactics” while in the U.S. One of Saipov’s neighbors, Carlos Batista, told The Washington Post that he had been seen Saipov driving an empty Home Depot truck around the block with friends.

“They didn’t even have one piece of wood in there, and that’s why I found it a little suspicious,’’ said Batista. “And I do construction, so I know when somebody is doing some type of work.’’

According to a criminal complaint filed on Wednesday, Saipov had confessed to beginning plans for the attack a year ago, and he rented the truck on Oct. 22 to practice making turns so he could maximize damage. Saipov reportedly asked investigators to hang an ISIS flag in his hospital room. ISIS has also taken credit for the attack. Odilova and Saipov are the parents of three children, including a baby born within the last six months.

Read the full story at The New York Post.


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