NYC Terror Attack: Saipov’s Deadly Truck Rampage

new york terror attackMANHATTAN, NY- At least eight people have been killed and multiple others wounded in an October 31 attack in which a driver plowed a rented truck through a crowded bike path in Lower Manhattan. The attacker, 29 year-old Sayfullo Saipov, sped down the path before colliding with a school bus, then emerged from the truck waving a pellet gun and a paintball gun. Witnesses say Saipov was shouting “Allahu akbar”, Arabic for “God is great”. After running through the street, he was shot in the abdomen by police. Saipov was then transported to a nearby hospital, still alive but injured. A note found near the truck claimed the attack was carried out in the name of ISIS.

Sayfullo Saipov entered the country on a Diversity Visa Lottery. The State Department program, officially known as the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program, allows certain classes of immigrants from countries with “historically low rates of immigration” to the US, to enter the country. Saipov is from Uzbekistan and has been living in the US since 2010. According to law enforcement officials, he had earned a green card and had entered the country through Kennedy International Airport.

As investigators looked further into Saipov’s history, it became clear that he had already been on the radar of federal authorities. He appeared to have connections to individuals who were the subjects of terrorism investigations, police say.

It was also discovered that Saipov had been planning the attack for weeks. As counterterrorism investigators looked into his background and personal life, it became clear that the people close to him were growing deeply concerned that he was heading down a path of extremism. A preacher at his former mosque in Florida spoke about the situation, explaining that he had tried to steer Saipov away from extremism.

I used to tell him, ‘Hey, you are too much emotional,’” the preacher said. “‘Read books more. Learn your religion first,’ He did not learn religion properly. That’s the main disease in the Muslim community.” He added, “I never thought that he would go to this extreme.”

In the handwritten note Saipov left at the scene of the attack, he indicated allegiance to the Islamic State, saying that ISIS would endure forever. The language he used seems to mirror that used in instructions spread by ISIS in a 2016 edition of Rumiyah, a publication the group releases, calling for followers to carry out a truck attack and leave behind a note pledging allegiance to the terrorist group. FBI officials say it appears Saipov carried out the attack according to these instructions put out by ISIS.

Such violent calls to action are not new. Terror groups across the world have been encouraging supporters to use any items they have on hand, since it is becoming increasingly more difficult to obtain bomb-making materials. Vehicles are increasingly becoming their weapon of choice, as terrorist leaders encourage followers to turn trucks into “mowing machines”—“not to mow down grass but mow down the enemies of Allah”. These words come from an article called “The Ultimate Mowing Machine” in the 2010 edition of the online Al Qaeda publication Inspire, which provided readers with detailed instructions on how to carry out vehicular attacks.

Between these Al Qaeda instructions and those spread by ISIS, large cities have been taking measures to stop attacks like Tuesday’s from happening again. As part of a counterterrorism initiative, concrete barriers have been installed in strategic parts of cities in an effort to keep vehicles away from large numbers of people. Similarly, the New York Police Department has enlisted the help of truck-rental companies, who may act as tipsters against suspicious renters.

In the wake of the Manhattan attack, Mayor Bill de Blasio stated that although the episode was the deadliest in the city since the World Trade Center attacks in 2001, New Yorkers would not live in fear.

We know that this action was intended to break our spirit, but we also know New Yorkers are strong, New Yorkers are resilient,” de Blasio said, adding, “We will not be cowed. We will not be thrown off by anything. […] And our spirit will never be moved by an act of violence, an act meant to intimidate us.”

Three of the injured victims have now been released from hospitals, with the rest of the surviving victims still hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

President Trump has said in a statement that his administration will provide its full support to the NYPD and the FBI as their joint investigation into the attack continues.

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2 years ago

Wow, that Bill de Blasio is one tough guy. “We will not live in fear.” Easy for him to say as Mayor with full-time security all around him. “We know that this action was intended to break our spirit, but we also know New Yorkers are strong, New Yorkers are resilient.” “We will not be cowed. We will not be thrown off by anything. […] And our spirit will never be moved by an act of violence, an act meant to intimidate us.” Well, that’s what you say every time, yet never do anything about it. This terrorist needs to… Read more »

2 years ago

Carry a sidearm people, everywhere you can. One with the terminal velocity to penetrate windshields, and the ammunition designed for that as well. We’re on our own here, the police are shackled by politics and/or lack of resources, and the government agencies either can’t or won’t do their proscribed jobs. It’s up to us as Americans to protect ourselves and those around us while evil creeps about us, seeking it’s chance to create chaos and fear. I feel badly for those in areas where self defense and self determination are literally subject to the whims of elected fools like de… Read more »

2 years ago

Just a quick question for ISIS. When using a truck, etc. to “mow” down people, how do they know that they are not also mowing down loyal Muslims as well? Isn’t killing of “believers” forbidden? Just saying

2 years ago

So this so called “preacher” new this guy was radical and said nothing. IMO he should be arrested also. this is why folks like me never believe there are good muzlum’s . they do nothing for the most part to help stop any of these acts of terrorism or condemn them. IMO put them all in the same pot and turn on the stove.

God Bless America

2 years ago

The phrase stated by the attacker is incorrectly translated Check it. It is Allah is great not God is great. They are two different things. God does not tell people to attack. This was done in the name of Allah. It was translated wrong by The New York Times !

2 years ago

so these victims were students? CHILDREN? wow the act of the coward is evil and even more shameful when he has to go after the

Tom Wilde
2 years ago

If one listened to the political hate being spewed every day by the Far Left News Media you might think it was Donald Trump steering the truck with Melania’s high heel shoe on the gas pedal. The NRA was in the back seat cheering them on. I have no doubt that the Media and the Far Left politicians will find a way to white wash Islam and turn this around into something anti-Trump and anti-Conservative. They always do! I have to wonder though, how many good Liberals and faithful Muslims did this warrior of Allah run down? Would it matter?… Read more »

susan yount
2 years ago

why don”t we find his family and kill them.

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