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We are in the early stages of this investigation. So the information I'm gonna give you today remains preliminary. Meaning some details, timelines, etc., may change as we develop more granular information. The suspect is identified as Sayfullo Saipov, the 29-year-old legal permanent resident of the United States who came into the country from Uzbekistan in March of 2010.
Based on the investigation overnight, it appears that Mr. Saipov had been planning this for a number of weeks. He did this in the name of ISIS. And along with the other items recovered at the scene was some notes that further indicate that. The notes were handwritten in Arabic.
They had symbols and words, but the gist of the note was that the Islamic State would endure forever. He appears to have followed almost exactly to a T the instructions that ISIS has put out in its social media channels before with instructions to their followers on how to carry out such an attack.