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New York attack: What we know so far

New York attack: What we know so far
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  • 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.

  • 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.