Published: Wed, November 22, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Sayfullo Saipov's 22-Count Indictment, Terrorism Charges In NYC Truck Attack

Sayfullo Saipov's 22-Count Indictment, Terrorism Charges In NYC Truck Attack

Saipov reportedly rented a truck near his home in Paterson, N.J. and drove it to NY with the intent to kill as many people as he could.

Saipov, 29, was indicted in Manhattan on 22 counts, ranging from terrorism to both murder and attempted murder in aid of racketeering in connection to the October 31 terror attack, which left eight people dead and 12 wounded. Numerous counts carry a potential penalty of death.

"Consumed by hate and a twisted ideology, Sayfullo Saipov allegedly barreled down a pedestrian walkway and bicycle path on a sunny afternoon on the West Side of Manhattan, killing eight innocent people and injuring at least a dozen others", acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said in a statement.

The suspect in New York's deadliest terror attack since 9/11 was indicted Tuesday on murder and terror-related charges, the US Attorney's office for the Southern District of NY said.

A grand jury returned a 22-count indictment against Sayfullo Saipov after prosecutors initially announced only two: provision of material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, and violence and destruction of motor vehicles.

Amy Biden of New York hugs her dog Smokey after placing flowers she brought to a makeshift memorial that honors victims of an attack who were struck and killed by a rental truck driven by indicted suspect Sayfullo Saipov last Tuesday at Chambers and We
Saipov is accused of killing eight people and injuring 12 in lower Manhattan on Oct. 31

In a tweet after the attack, Trump noted that Saipov had asked to hang the Islamic State flag in his hospital room. A defense lawyer did not immediately return a message seeking comment Tuesday.

According to John Miller, NYPD deputy commissioner for counterterrrorism, Saipov left several pages of handwritten notes just outside the rental truck he used to ram into civilians, one of which said ISIS would "endure forever".

Prosecutors said police found a paintball gun, a pellet gun, a stun gun, and three knives at the scene.

He said he was was motivated to carry out the attack after watching a video featuring ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi asking what Muslims in the United States were doing to respond to the killing of Muslims in Iraq.

An intelligence source told CBS News' Pat Milton that Saipov was on authorities' radar before the attack.

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