Jamaica Gleaner / NEW YORK (AP):
The Uzbek immigrant accused of using a truck to mow people down along a bike path, killing eight, “did this in the name of ISIS” and followed the extremist group’s online instructions practically to the letter, police said yesterday.
Investigators, meanwhile, were at the hospital bedside of 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, working to extract information about the attack on Tuesday near the World Trade Center memorial that also left 12 people injured.
Saipov was shot by a police officer after jumping from his rented Home Depot pickup truck.
John Miller, deputy police commissioner for intelligence, said Saipov left behind notes at the scene, handwritten in Arabic with symbols and words, that essentially said the Islamic State group, or ISIS, “would endure forever”.
“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 its followers on how to carry out such an attack,” Miller said.
In Tuesday’s attack, Saipov drove his speeding truck for nearly a mile along the bike path, running down cyclists and pedestrians, then crashed into a school bus, authorities said. He was shot in the abdomen after he jumped out of the vehicle brandishing airguns and yelling “God is great!” in Arabic, they said.