After the feds filed terrorism charges against the terrorist who killed 8 people and injured 11 in NYC, we’re learning that he was able to do a few practice runs and had been planning the horrific attack for months. He ultimately wanted to mow down people on the Brooklyn Bridge but made it just to the bike path. He’s a total animal who is proud of what he’s done… authorities said he won’t stop ‘gloating’ about what he did.
He got a dose of ISIS and then he could have become even more radicalized at the “questionable mosque he attended. The mosque has been under ‘suspicion’ since 2005 and is right around the corner from the suspect’s home!!! According to NorthJersey.com, the NYPD has been studying the Omar Mosque in Paterson, near Saipov’s home, as a possible location for ‘budding terrorist conspiracies’.
HE SAYS HE HAD HELP:
The complaint also said he worked with “others known and unknown,” and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it had located a second person of interest related to the terror attack.
WHAT WE KNOW:
Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbeki man lives in Paterson, N.J. with his wife and three children. A neighbor said, the mother wore a black robe and her face was covered. They have three kids, two girls and a baby boy. The girls looked to be around ages four and six and the son maybe six months old.
Saipov told police that he was inspired by 90 Islamic State videos he downloaded on his cellphone.
Joon Kim, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said at a press conference Wednesday night that Mr. Saipov admitted to investigators he had been planning the attack for two months. He also admitted that he rented a truck on Oct. 22 to practice the turns he would make on Tuesday.
The second person of interest is Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, a 32-year-old Uzbeki man who is currently being questioned by federal authorities in connection with the investigation, a senior law enforcement official said.
He said there was nothing to suggest Mr. Kadirov was involved with the attack. Mr. Kadirov, the official said, was one of the only people investigators found to be a friend of Mr. Saipov.
The complaint said Mr. Saipov began plotting the attack about a year ago and decided two months ago to use a truck. Mr. Saipov chose Halloween for the attack because he believed there would be more people on the street for the holiday, according to prosecutors. He rented a truck on Oct. 22 so he could practice making turns with it ahead of the attack, they said.
Mr. Saipov’s plan was to use the truck to strike pedestrians near the West Side Highway in Manhattan and then proceed to the Brooklyn Bridge. He “wanted to kill as many people as he could,” the complaint said.
During his interview with law enforcement, Mr. Saipov asked to display an ISIS flag in his hospital room and said “he felt good about what he had done,” the complaint said.
Mr. Saipov was inspired by online ISIS propaganda channels that have become popular and accessible among its followers, police officials said.
Mr. Saipov seemed to follow the instructions laid out in a November 2016 issue of Rumiyah Magazine, an ISIS propaganda outlet often referenced by NYPD counterterrorism officials.
The excerpt, called “Just Terror Tactics,” recommends obtaining a “load-bearing truck” that is “reasonably fast in speed” and “double-wheeled, giving victims less of a chance to escape being crushed by the vehicle’s tires.”
The magazine also advises against trucks with trailer compartments, “which cause the driver to lose control.”
THE SUSPECT’S U.S. TIES:
Sayfullo Saipov is originally from Uzbekistan and came to the U.S. in 2010 under a visa lottery program. A look at his U.S. ties:
First came to Cincinnati from Uzbekistan. Lived in Cuyahoga Falls, where he married his wife.
Highway Patrol arrested Mr. Saipov after a warrant was issued following his failure to appear in court for a 2015 traffic citation. He pleaded guilty in November 2016.
Mr. Saipov most recently lived in Paterson with his wife and children. A neighbor had seen him park a Home Depot truck on the street intermittently in the past several weeks.
“Vehicles are like knives,” the article reads. “But unlike knives, which if found in one’s possession can be a cause for suspicion, vehicles arouse absolutely no doubts due to their widespread use throughout the world.”
Mr. Saipov, the NYPD’s Mr. Miller said, “appears to have followed almost exactly to a T the instruction that ISIS put out on social media channels.”
Police are still reconstructing Mr. Saipov’s movements in the weeks and days before the attack, and combing through video footage from cameras in New York City, as well as license-plate readers, Mr. Miller said.
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