NY attacker, who killed 8, linked to IS

- Agence France-Presse, NEW YORK
The Uzbek driver, who moved to America in 2010, mowed down pedestrians and cyclists over a mile-long stretch of a bike path on Lower’s Manhattan’s West Side

Nov 2, 2017-The Uzbek immigrant who killed eight people in New York’s worst attack since September 11, 2001 was associated with the Islamic State jihadist group but became radicalised after moving to the United States, it emerged Wednesday.

The driver, who moved to America in 2010, mowed down pedestrians and cyclists over a mile-long stretch of a bike path on Lower’s Manhattan’s West Side, as children and their parents prepared to celebrate Halloween on Tuesday afternoon.

Police shot the 29-year-old suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, in the abdomen after he crashed into a school bus and exited his pickup truck, brandishing paintball and pellet guns. He remains in custody but is expected to survive the shooting.

“He’s a depraved coward is what he is, and he was associated with ISIS, and he was radicalised domestically,” New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo told CNN.

The governor confirmed “a note that referenced ISIS” was found at the scene. US media said it was written in Arabic and pledged allegiance to the jihadist group. Saipov also reportedly shouted “Allahu akbar” (“God is greatest”).

“After he came to the United States is when he started to become informed about ISIS and radical Islamic tactics,” Cuomo told CNN. “We have no evidence yet of associations or a continuing plot or associated plots, and our only evidence to date is that this was an isolated incident that he himself performed.”

Vehicle rammings have been a frequent tactic deployed by IS sympathisers in the West, including in Barcelona, London, Stockholm and in Nice, where a Tunisian suicide truck bomber killed 86 people on Bastille Day.

Published: 02-11-2017 07:28

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