New York Truck Terrorism
November 1, 2017
The Bare Bones
- (3.) Eight people violently killed in New York motorist terrorist act
- (3.) The incident is the deadliest attack on New York since 9/11/2001
- (1.) The suspect, in custody, is from Uzbekistan in Central Asia
- (4.) March 3, 2006 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill SUV terror attack
- (4.) October 22, 2014 Driver swerves into crowd in Jerusalem
- (4.) July 14, 2016 Man drives 20-ton rental truck into crowd in France
- (2.) April 7, 2017 Stockholm Terror Attack
- (1.) October 22, 2017 Suspect rents a Home Depot truck nine days prior to attack to practice
- (1.) October 31, 2017 Driver of rental truck strikes busy New York bike path
- “This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio comments on the horrific incident in his city. De Blasio expresses how the act was, “aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at people going about their lives who had no idea what was about to hit them.”
(1.) In a recent tweet, Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces five dead Argentine citizens, taken in the violent act. The Argentinians were all friends celebrating graduates in their hometown. According to Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders, a Belgium national was also victimized.
(3.) Charges were filed in civilian court against the driver, a twenty nine year old Uzbek male. Sayfullo Saipov has been described as a meticulous student of ISIS propaganda. President Trump has said he is open to trying Mr. Saipov in military court at the American prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Mr. Trump has denounced the American criminal system as “a joke” and “laughing stock.”
(3.) In court, Judge Moses read the charges against Saipov as follows: one count of providing material support to terrorists and one count of violence and destruction of a motor vehicle causing death. The vehicle count alone carries a possible penalty of death.
(1.) The suspect was yelling “Allahu Akbar” just outside of his rented Home Depot truck after the act. The truck had apparently hopped a curb and drove on a bike path for several blocks, never reaching its intended bridge destination. It was after the truck crashed into a school bus that the suspect left the truck to scream and display imitation fire arms. The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is taking over lead for the investigation.
(4.) Terror attacks involving vehicles used as deadly weapons by terrorists and radical groups is not a new concept. Al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch encouraged its Western recruits to use trucks as weapons. Hundreds have been injured in the past years due to this type of terrorism.
(1.) “There has been a significant problem with Jihadism in Uzbekistan,” terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank says. Mr. Saipov waived his Miranda rights at the New York hospital where his wounds were dressed. Law enforcement has questioned his wife and found a second Uzbek man in connection with Saipov.
- (1.) Six people were declared dead on the scene
- Two people were pronounced dead at the hospital
- Eleven people were transported with non-life threatening injury
- (1.) Saipov was an UBER driver that passed the background
- (3.) Saipov’s cellphone has been used as evidence:
- Ninety videos have been found on the phone, including footage of ISIS fighters and instructions on bomb making
- Photos of terrorists leaders were found, among them Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
- (3.) Mr. Saipov says he feels good about what he has done
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