New York truck attack: Suspect 'inspired by Islamic State'

تم نشره في Wed 1 November / Nov 2017. 01:00 AM
  • This image of Sayfullo Saipov was taken by police in Missouri in 2016 - (BBC)

CAPITALS — The man accused of killing eight people in New York by driving a truck down a cycle lane was inspired by the ISIS group, police say.

New York Police's Deputy Commissioner John Miller said that notes in Arabic claiming the attack on behalf of ISIS were recovered from the scene of the attack in Lower Manhattan.

The suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant, was shot and injured by police.

He is in hospital and under arrest.

Mr Miller said: "Based on the investigation overnight, it appears that Mr Saipov had been planning this for a number of weeks.

"He did this in the name of Isis [an alternative name for IS], and along with the other items recovered at the scene was some notes that further indicate that.

"He appears to have followed almost exactly to a 'T' the instructions that Isis has put out in its social media channels before, with instructions to their followers on how to carry out such an attack."

One of the notes said "the Islamic State would endure forever", the deputy commissioner added.

Police have sealed off Mr Saipov's home in Paterson, New Jersey, and are searching the premises.

IS has suffered a series of military setbacks in Syria and Iraq in recent months as US-backed forces take back territory the group considers its "caliphate".