The New York attacker had been planning for weeks and did it 'in the name of ISIS', NYPD says

A police officer secures an area near the site of a terror attack in New York, on November 1, 2017. Picture: Getty Images
  • The man who carried out an attack that killed eight people in Manhattan on Tuesday did it in the name of the terrorist group ISIS, police said.
  • Investigators say they found a note written in Arabic near the scene of the attack that said ISIS would endure forever.
  • Police said it appeared the attacker had been planning for weeks.

The man who carried out an attack that killed eight people and injured at least 11 others in New York City on Tuesday did it in the name of the terrorist group ISIS, police said Wednesday.

Police have identified the attacker as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a 29-year-old immigrant from Uzbekistan who arrived in the US in 2010.

Saipov planned the attack for several weeks, John Miller, the New York Police Department’s deputy commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism, said at a press conference.

Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov. Picture: Getty Images

“He did this in the name of ISIS,” Miller said, adding that a note written in Arabic was found near the vehicle after the attack and contained a message that the terrorist group would endure forever.

“He appears to have followed, almost exactly to a tee, the instructions that ISIS has put out in their social-media channels before with instructions to their followers on how to carry out such an attack,” Miller said.

The attack began shortly after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, when police say Saipov steered a rented pickup truck into pedestrians and cyclists on a bike path in lower Manhattan before crashing into a school bus.

Authorities say Saipov then sprang from the truck, brandishing two firearms that were later found to be a pellet gun and a paintball gun, and shouting “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great” in Arabic.

A police officer then shot Saipov in the abdomen. Saipov was arrested and brought to Bellevue Hospital, where he has reportedly been boasting about the attack from his bed.

Sources told CBS News that Saipov made “no bones” about the attack, was pleased with his actions, and remained unapologetic.

Though Saipov apparently dedicated the attack to ISIS, investigators have characterised the attack as a “lone wolf” incident, meaning no terrorist group is thought to have provided support planning or carrying out the attack.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York echoed that characterization on Wednesday, saying in a statement that Saipov was “radicalized domestically.”

Alex Lockie contributed reporting.

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