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USA: Note About ISIS Found in Truck Used in NYC Terrorist Attack

Wednesday 1 November 2017, by siawi3

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-new-york-shooting-terrorism/u-s-authorities-are-treating-new-york-attack-as-terrorism-sources-idUSKBN1D02VB

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October 31, 2017 / 8:40 PM / Updated 23 minutes ago

Suspected terrorist truck attack kills eight on New York bike path

Gina Cherelus, Daniel Trotta

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man driving a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists on a bike path alongside the Hudson River in New York City on Tuesday, killing eight people and injuring about a dozen in what authorities said was an act of terrorism.

The 29-year-old suspect was shot in the abdomen by police and arrested after he crashed the truck into a school bus and fled his vehicle, authorities said. A U.S. law enforcement source told Reuters the suspect is an Uzbekistan-born immigrant.

CNN and The New York Times, each citing law enforcement sources, reported that investigators found a note left by the suspect claiming he carried out the attack in the name of the Islamic State militant group.

Five of the dead were Argentine citizens, visiting New York as part of a group of friends celebrating the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation, the Argentina Foreign Ministry said. A sixth member of the group was among those hospitalized after the attack, the ministry said in a statement.

The incident marked the greatest loss of life from a suspected terrorist attack in New York since suicide hijackers crashed jetliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001, killing more than 2,600 people.

Tuesday’s assault, on the far west side of lower Manhattan a few blocks from the site of the World Trade Center, was reminiscent of several deadly vehicle attacks in Europe during the past 15 months.

“This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror, aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at people going about their lives who had no idea what was about to hit them,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference.

A representative of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security similarly called the incident an “apparent act of terrorism.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo said the suspect appeared to have acted alone.

“There’s no evidence to suggest a wider plot or a wider scheme. These are the actions of one individual meant to cause pain and harm and probably death,” Cuomo told the same news conference.

Asked later in a CNN interview whether the suspect had been known to authorities before the attack, Cuomo replied: “It’s too early to give you a definitive answer.”
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New York City Police Commissioner James O‘Neill declined to publicly identify the driver. However, a source familiar with the investigation told Reuters the driver’s name was Sayfullo Saipov.

CNN and NBC News reported that he entered the United States in 2010.

Multiple media outlets, including CNN, cited police officials as saying that the suspect shouted “Allahu Akbar” - Arabic for “God is greatest” - when he jumped out of his truck.

O‘Neill would only say when asked at the news conference that an unspecified comment by the suspect when he exited his truck, and the general circumstances of the assault, led investigators to label the incident a “terrorist event.”
Police investigate a pickup truck used in an attack on the West Side Highway in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

The Federal Bureau of Investigation joined the New York City Police Department and other agencies in a Joint Terrorism Task Force to conduct a probe of the attack, the FBI said in a statement.

ABC News reported that Saipov lived in Tampa, Florida. A check of court records related to a traffic citation that Saipov received in eastern Pennsylvania in 2015 showed he listed addresses then in Paterson, New Jersey, and Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

The suspect drove onto the bike path in lower Manhattan at 3:05 p.m. and sped south for about 20 city blocks, running down pedestrians and bicyclists along the way before slamming into the side of the school bus. Two children and two adults were injured in that collision, O‘Neill said.

The man then climbed out of this truck with what appeared to be a handgun. Police later recovered a paint-ball gun and a pellet gun from the scene, authorities said.

O‘Neill said the pickup truck driven by the suspect had been rented from the Home Depot hardware chain, but declined to say where it was rented.
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Mangled and flattened bicycles littered the sunlit bike path, which runs parallel to the West Side Highway along the Hudson River, after the attack.

Of the eight people killed, six were pronounced dead at the scene and two more were pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, O‘Neill said.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said 11 survivors with serious but non-life-threatening injuries were taken to hospitals.

Despite the attack, thousands of costumed Halloween revelers turned out hours later for New York City’s main Halloween parade, which went on as scheduled Tuesday night with a heightened police presence just a few blocks from the scene of the carnage.

U.S. President Donald Trump was briefed on the incident, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

Trump, who has pressed for a ban on travelers entering the United States from some predominantly Muslim countries, said on Twitter he had ordered Homeland Security officials to “step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!”
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The president later said in an official White House statement: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of today’s terrorist attack in New York City and their families.” He also paid tribute to the “first responders who stopped the suspect and rendered immediate aid to the victims.”

Similar attacks in Europe last year killed scores of people.

On July 14, 2016, a suspect drove a large truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice, killing 86 people and injuring hundreds more in an attack for which Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Five months later a Tunisian asylum seeker, who had pledged allegiance to Islamic State, plowed a truck into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48.

A driver rammed his van into crowds in the heart of Barcelona on Aug. 17 this year, killing 13 people, in an attack authorities said was carried out by suspected Islamist militants.

The five Argentine citizens killed in Tuesday’s attack were identified by their home government as Hernán Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damián Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernán Ferruchi, all from the city of Rosario. Their ages were not given.

Reporting by Dan Trotta and Gina Cherelus in New York; Additional reporting by Jonathan Allen and Anna Driver in New York, Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles, Mark Hosenball in Washington, and David DeKok in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Leslie Adler and Paul Tait

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Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/nyc-terrorist-attack/note-about-isis-found-truck-used-nyc-terrorist-attack-sources-n816276

Nov 1 2017, 1:22 am ET

Note About ISIS Found in Truck Used in NYC Terrorist Attack, Sources Say

by Jonathan Dienst, Tracy Connor, Tom Winter and Phil Helsel

Police have found a note inside that truck that was used Tuesday to run down people on a bike path in lower Manhattan that indicates the suspect claimed to have carried out the attack for the Islamic State terrorist group, law enforcement sources said.

Eight people were killed and 11 others were seriously injured when Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, a native of Uzbekistan who came to the United States in 2010, allegedly drove onto a bike path near the West Side Highway on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

Saipov allegedly crashed the truck into a school bus, got out with two imitation firearms and shouted "Allahu Akbar," Arabic for "God is Great" before he was shot and wounded by police, authorities said.

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Saipov used to live in Florida, and Kobiljon Matkarov, a fellow Uzbek national who knew him there, said there was no indication that he would carry out such an attack. Matkarov said he last saw Saipov five or six months ago when Matkarov was in New York.

"He was very happy guy. He liked the US. He is no terrorist. He’s all the time happy, smiling all the time," Matkarov said in a phone interview.

Law enforcement sources said Saipov rented the truck from a Home Depot in Passaic, New Jersey, at around 2 p.m. and drove to Manhattan. The truck was driven onto the West Side Highway bike path at around 3:05 p.m., police said.

Public records show that Saipov has a commercial truck license. He was issued traffic citations in Maryland in 2011 and 2012, in Pennsylvania in 2015 and in Missouri in 2016, where records showed he was driving a tractor-trailer.

Saipov Sayfullo Habibullaevic in a Missouri arrest photo. St. Charles, Missouri, Corrections Department

In all but one of the cases, in which the citation was withdrawn, Saipov pleaded guilty and paid a fine, according to records. He was issued a Class A commercial truck license in 2010, apparently originally in New Jersey and then in Florida.

It wasn’t immediately clear under what circumstances Saipov moved to the United States. Matkarov said he believed Saipov was recently living in New Jersey and was driving for Uber. Uber confirmed he had been a driver and passed a background check.

"We are horrified by this senseless act of violence. Our hearts are with the victims and their families. We have reached out to law enforcement to provide our full assistance," and Uber spokesperson said.

The rampage was being treated as a case of terrorism, but authorities in New York said it didn’t appear to be part of any larger plot. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it appeared to have been carried out by a lone actor.

After initial reports of the incident, President Donald Trump said on Twitter that it "looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person" and "NOT IN THE U.S.A.!"

New York Attack Part of Rising Use of Vehicles as Weapons 1:38

The president also Tweeted on Tuesday afternoon: "We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!"

Related: New York Officials, Residents Say They Won’t Be Intimidated by Terror

A U.S. counterterrorism official said Tuesday afternoon that the intelligence community was unaware of any claim of responsibility from any group at that time.

The FBI was seen at a home in Tampa, Florida, listed as being associated with Saipov, according to NBC affiliate WFLA.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement: "I am absolutely disgusted by the act of terror that occurred in Manhattan today. All of Florida is praying for the victims, their families and our brave law enforcement and first responders."

Uzbekistan isn’t on the list of countries covered under Trump’s travel restrictions.

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The attack follows other attacks in which vehicles were driven into crowds in other countries, like attacks in Nice, France, and Berlin in 2016.

A man arrested in a truck attack in Stockholm, Sweden, that killed 15 people this year was from Uzbekistan. The State Department has warned Americans traveling to the country that supporters of some Islamic terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, are in Central Asia.

In 2015 a citizen of Uzbekistan who had been living in Brooklyn, Abdurasul Juraboev, pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State, according to the Justice Department. He was sentenced in October to 15 years in prison, the department said.

Prosecutors said Juraboev planned to travel to Syria and also bombing Coney Island. Another man who is a citizen of Kazakhstan was also arrested and pleaded guilty to planning to travel to Syria, according to the Justice Department.

Bekhzod Abdusamatov, 22, of Cincinnati, told NBC News in a telephone interview that his parents took in Saipov for a time after he came to the United States in 2010, and the family was surprised surprised that Saipov apparently registered a business in Ohio using his family’s address. He said his father is friends with the suspect’s grandfather from Uzbekistan.

Abdusamatov said that he remembered Saipov as polite, that there was nothing unusual about him and that he spent much of his time outside the house.

When he found out that Saipov was accused in Tuesday’s attack, Abdusamatov said: "I was shocked. I never would’ve imagined something like this. I never would’ve thought this guy would do something violent."
Jonathan Dienst