Eight dead truck hits cyclists New York attack
Eight dead truck hits cyclists New York attack, the Uzbek national who plowed through a New York bicycle path, killing eight people, was associated with Islamic State but “radicalised domestically,” the state’s governor Andrew Cuomo has said.
The suspect, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, was shot by police at the end of the rampage in lower Manhattan Tuesday but was expected to recover from his wounds.
“He’s a depraved coward is what he is, and he was associated with ISIS, and he was radicalised domestically, and he’s a depraved coward,” Gov. Cuomo said.
The attacker struck just a few blocks from the site of the World Trade Center memorial, running over afternoon riders on the path before reaching a road and ploughing into a school bus.
He then jumped out of the truck wielding what turned out to be a pellet gun, and a paintball gun. He was chased and shot in the stomach by a police officer but survived and was arrested.
The suspect has been identified as Mr Saipov, 29, an immigrant from Uzbekistan, who arrived in the US in 2010. He has a Florida driver’s license but was reportedly living in Paterson, New Jersey, with family, sources told local media.
US media, citing police sources, said that Saipov left a note in the truck claiming he committed the attack on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. It translated as “ISIS lives forever.”
A group of five friends from Argentina were among those killed, the country’s foreign ministry has said. The compatriots were celebrating the 30th anniversary of their graduation from Polytechnic College in the city of Rosario in central Argentina.
A Belgian national also died in the attack. Didier Reynders, Belgium’s foreign minister, told the Belga news agency that “it was a woman from Roulers in western Flanders who was on a city trip with with her sister and her mother” in New York.
President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter: “Looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!”