- The suspect in what authorities called the deadliest terrorist attack in New York City since 9/11 is reportedly bragging from his hospital bed about killing civilians. The suspect is said to have scant knowledge of Islam and to have been radicalized in the US.
Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, the 29-year old Uzbek national who authorities say killed eight people and injured at least 11 others in the deadliest terrorist attack in New York City since September 11, 2001, has reportedly been bragging about the killings from his hospital bed.
Sources told CBS News that Saipov, whom a police officer shot in the abdomen, made “no bones” about the attack, that he was pleased with his actions, and that he was unapologetic.
CBS said authorities recovered 10 to 15 pieces of paper with writing in Arabic conveying messages like “ISIS will endure.”
Though Saipov apparently dedicated the attack to ISIS, the withering terrorist group that has lost swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria to US-backed and other regional forces, the attack has been characterized as a “lone wolf” incident, meaning no terrorist group is thought to have provided support planning or carrying out the attack.
Furthermore, an Uzbek religious activist and blogger who met Saipov in the US told BBC News that Saipov “was not well-educated and had no knowledge of the Koran before arriving in the US.”
That assessment echoes a statement by New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, that Saipov was “radicalized domestically.”
After Saipov’s rented vehicle crashed into a school bus, he was seen exiting the vehicle with two imitation guns and heard shouting “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great” in Arabic.
Shortly after, Saipov was shot by the New York Police Department officer Ryan Nash.