- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the suspect behind the New York City Halloween terror attack was “radicalized domestically.”
- Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, the suspect in the attack, reportedly left a note inside his truck pledging loyalty to ISIS.
- Eight people were killed on Tuesday after a truck plowed through lower Manhattan.
The suspect behind the New York City Halloween terror attack was “radicalized domestically,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.
Cuomo, speaking on CNN’s “New Day,” said the suspect “was associated with ISIS, and he was radicalized domestically, and he’s a depraved coward.”
The governor was pressed by what he meant by “radicalized domestically.”
“The evidence shows, and again it’s only several hours and the investigation is ongoing, that after he came to the United States is when he started to become informed about ISIS and radical Islamic tactics,” Cuomo said.
Law enforcement identified Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov as the man behind Tuesday afternoon’s attack, which left eight people dead after a truck plowed through lower Manhattan.
Saipov — an Uzbekistan national who came to the US in 2010 — reportedly left a note inside his truck pledging loyalty to ISIS.
Multiple news agencies reported that Saipov shouted “Allahu Akbar,” which translates to “God is great” in Arabic, as he exited the rented truck. Police said he “made a statement” when he left the vehicle.
Saipov is out of surgery from an undisclosed hospital and in custody, sources told CNN late Tuesday.
Speaking on CNN Wednesday morning, Cuomo called the attacker a “lone wolf” and said it was an “isolated incident.”
“ISIS has gotten it down to a simple formula that they can put on the internet,” Cuomo said. “And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to rent a car, rent a truck.”
Watch a clip of Cuomo’s remarks below:
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