- The suspect in the deadliest terror attack in New York City since 9/11 is reportedly bragging from his hospital bed about killing civilians.
- The suspect is said to have scant knowledge of Islam and to have been radicalized within the US.
Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, the 29-year old Uzbekistan national whom authorities suspect killed eight and injured 11 in the deadliest terror attack in New York City since September 11, 2001, has reportedly been bragging about the murders from his hospital bed.
Sources told CBS News that Saipov made “no bones” about his attack, that he is pleased with his actions, and he remains unapologetic about the attack.
Saipov was found with 10 to 15 pieces of paper in the rented truck he used to jump a curb and mow down pedestrians and cyclists on a popular Manhattan bike path with messages like “ISIS will endure,” according to CBS.
Though Saipov apparently dedicated his attack to ISIS, the withering terror group that has lost swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria as US-backed and regional forces move in on them, the attack has been characterised as a “lone wolf” incident, meaning he did not receive support from the terror group and likely acted alone.
Furthermore, an Uzbek religious activist and blogger who met Saipov in the US told BBC News that Saipov “was not well-educated and had no knowledge of the Koran before arriving in the US.”
This assessment echoes New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s statement that Saipov was “radicalized domestically.”
After Saipov’s rented vehicle crashed into a school bus, he exited the vehicle with two imitation guns and should “Allahu Akbar,” meaning “God is great” in Arabic.
Shortly after, Saipov was shot and downed by New York Police Department officer Ryan Nash.
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