When grilled by the FBI, the wife of NYC terrorist Sayfullo Saipov said she was “shocked and horrified and scared and sad” when she heard the news that her husband had murdered eight people using a Home Depot truck in lower Manhattan on Tuesday.
Nozima Odilova was encouraged by police to tell everything she knew or run the risk of endangering the lives of more people. Odilova has pled complete ignorance, but the family’s neighbors tell a completely different story.
[N]eighbor Carlos Batista recounted that Saipov had occasionally driven a Home Depot pickup truck on the block with a couple of pals — apparently with no building materials aboard.
“They didn’t even have one piece of wood in there, and that’s why I found it a little suspicious,’’ Batista told the Washington Post. “And I do construction, so I know when somebody is doing some type of work.’’
Authorities suspect the early rentals were part of the ISIS sympathizer’s preparation for the attack he carried out Tuesday — running down bicyclists and pedestrians on a lower Manhattan bike path.
According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday night, Saipov rented the truck Oct. 22 to practice making turns with the vehicle in preparation for the attack.
Altana Dimitrovska, who lives in the same complex, said she was surprised by the news about the carnage.
Speaking through a translator, Dimitrovska said she once asked him if he ever went to work, because she would see him walking around a lot.
“He said, ‘Yeah, I do go to work.’ But I never saw him going to work,’’ she said. Asked whether she ever saw anything suspicious about Saipov, the 63-year-old woman replied, “No, no, no.’’
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