New York attacker was 'soldier' of ISIS, Islamic State says
WASHINGTON DC, USA – The attacker who killed 8 people in a truck rampage in New York on Tuesday, October 31, was a "soldier" of the Islamic State group (IS, formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq), the jihadists said Thursday, November 2, according to a US-based monitoring group.
"One of the soldiers of the Islamic State attacked a number of crusaders on a street in New York City," said an article in the latest issue of the group's al-Naba weekly newspaper, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.
The charging document says he confessed to acting in the name of ISIS and "felt good about what he had done," even demanding to hang an ISIS flag in his hospital room.
Police said he appeared to have followed very closely "the instructions" that ISIS put out to its followers on social media.
He was allegedly in possession of 3 knives, thousands of ISIS propaganda images and dozens of videos that showed ISIS fighters killing prisoners.
The picture of Saipov that has emerged is of a suspect who only radicalized after moving to the United States in 2010.
"The grace of Allah, the operation instilled fear in crusader America, prompting them to increase security measures and intensify actions against immigrants to America," ISIS said in the al-Naba article, according to SITE.
After a gunman shot dead 58 people last month in Las Vegas, ISIS claimed the killer was also one of its "soldiers" but the FBI said it found no such links with the accused, Stephen Paddock. – Rappler.com