New York attack: What we know so far

New York attack: What we know so far
By Emma Beswick
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Everything we know so far about the Manhatten terror attack

  • Eight people died and at least 12 were injured after vehicle rammed into pedestrians in New York

  • Witnesses said a truck drove down a cycle path, striking people as it went.

  • Victims included five Argentinian friends on school reunion.

  • The suspect left vehicle carrying ‘imitation firearms’ and was arrested after being shot by police.

  • He shouted ‘Allahu Akhbar’ as he left his truck.

  • Media reports named him as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov from Uzbekistan, who came to the US in 2010.

  • He was charged with the deaths of the victims and accused of providing material support and resources to the so-called Islamic State group on Thursday (November 2).

  • US President Donald Trump tweeted that he should receive the death penalty.

NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2017

  • Trump also ordered the Department of Homeland Security to “step up” vetting measures, following the incident.

  • NYPD plans to double the number of police presence in the city. There will be more police in civilian clothing to mix in with crowds, more K-9s and police officers patrolling from rooftops.

  • There will be more sandtrucks, vehicles, sniper teams and heavy weapons teams at the NYC marathon.

  • Police identified the suspect as 29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, an Uzbek immigrant who entered the country in 2010 via the diversity visa lottery.

  • The suspect is still at the hospital but in custody and under arrest

  • Investigators say police found a note inside the truck which read “ISIS Lives Forever.” Investigators also say Saipov read ISIS propaganda materials online and even boasted about the attack from his hospital bed.

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio praised Ryan Nash’s actions and said his “humbleness was striking”

  • Speaking about vetting, de Blasio said there should be careful vetting of anyone “because there’s a concern not because of their religion”

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said President Donald Trump’s tweet following the attack was “not accurate and relevant to the situation”

  • Cuomo also said that it is “playing into the hands of terrorists if you divide the society.” He reminded people should be “unified” in times like these.

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