2017-11-02

Uzbekistani suspect in US terror attack acted in name of the 'Islamic State'

AFP

NEW YORK -- The Uzbekistani immigrant suspected of being behind New York's worst terror attack in 16 years has confessed to acting in the name of the 'Islamic State' (IS), investigators said Wednesday (November 1).

Sayfullo Saipov deliberately drove a rental truck onto a bicycle path Tuesday (October 31), killing eight people and wounding 12 others.

Saipov told investigators he "felt good" about the killings, and had planned the assault for a year.

Those killed in the attack included five childhood friends from Argentina celebrating the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation, a 31-year-old Belgian mother and two US men from New York and New Jersey.

Of the 12 wounded, four remained in critical condition.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said it had located another Uzbekistan-born resident of the US, Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, whom authorities consider a person of interest in the case, according to a November 1 BBC report.

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