ISIS Claims Responsibility for NYC Truck Attack

ISIS Claims Responsibility for NYC Truck Attack

ISIS Claims Responsibility for NYC Truck Attack

And after his trail of terror was halted by a police bullet, he asked to display the Islamic State flag in his hospital room, saying "he felt good about what he had done", authorities said. Prosecutors say he had meant to head all the way to the Brooklyn Bridge, killing many more people along the way.

Saipov allegedly used a pickup truck rented from a New Jersey Home Depot store to run down pedestrians and cyclists along a 20-block stretch of the bike path that runs along the Hudson River before slamming into a school bus.

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said Saipov waived his Miranda rights and said he "felt good about what he had done", the complaint said.

Sayfullo Saipov, who was shot by NYPD Officer Ryan Nash during the attack, made his first court appearance on Wednesday evening in a wheelchair.

Sen. Lindsay Graham, a Republican, on Thursday repeated his criticism of the Justice Department for charging Saipov in the courts rather than treating him as an enemy combatant.

The charges against Saipov, 29, came just a day after the attack near the World Trade Center killed eight people.

According to federal investigators, Saipov started planning the attack about a year ago and wanted to inflict maximum damage and chose Halloween as their will be more people out on the streets. He had also conducted online searches for "Halloween in NYC" and "truck rentals".

"He appears to have followed nearly exactly to a "T" the instructions that ISIS has put out in its social media channels", said John Miller, New York police deputy commissioner for intelligence and counter-terrorism, referring to IS.

After the hearing, Saipov's court-appointed lawyer said he hoped people would let "the judicial process play out", adding, "I promise you that how we treat Mr. Saipov in this judicial process will say a lot more about us than it will say about him".

Saipov was charged with providing material support to a terrorist group and committing violence and destruction of motor vehicles, resulting in death. Trump said there was something "appropriate" about keeping Saipov where he committed the crime, and tweeted, "Should move fast".

Miller said Saipov had never been the subject of a criminal investigation by the FBI or NY police, but appears to have links to people who have been investigated.

In the largely Muslim neighbourhood where Saipov lived with his wife and children for little over a year in the New Jersey town of Paterson, residents seethed with anger on Wednesday that he had besmirched their hard-working immigrant reputation.

Saipov is a legal resident of the United States and came to USA in 2010 from Uzbekistan.

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