New York Truck Terrorism
November 1, 2017
The Bare Bones
(1.) In a recent tweet, Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces five dead Argentine citizens, taken in the violent act. The Argentinians were all friends celebrating graduates in their hometown. According to Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders, a Belgium national was also victimized.
(3.) Charges were filed in civilian court against the driver, a twenty nine year old Uzbek male. Sayfullo Saipov has been described as a meticulous student of ISIS propaganda. President Trump has said he is open to trying Mr. Saipov in military court at the American prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Mr. Trump has denounced the American criminal system as “a joke” and “laughing stock.”
(3.) In court, Judge Moses read the charges against Saipov as follows: one count of providing material support to terrorists and one count of violence and destruction of a motor vehicle causing death. The vehicle count alone carries a possible penalty of death.
(1.) The suspect was yelling “Allahu Akbar” just outside of his rented Home Depot truck after the act. The truck had apparently hopped a curb and drove on a bike path for several blocks, never reaching its intended bridge destination. It was after the truck crashed into a school bus that the suspect left the truck to scream and display imitation fire arms. The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is taking over lead for the investigation.
(4.) Terror attacks involving vehicles used as deadly weapons by terrorists and radical groups is not a new concept. Al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch encouraged its Western recruits to use trucks as weapons. Hundreds have been injured in the past years due to this type of terrorism.
(1.) “There has been a significant problem with Jihadism in Uzbekistan,” terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank says. Mr. Saipov waived his Miranda rights at the New York hospital where his wounds were dressed. Law enforcement has questioned his wife and found a second Uzbek man in connection with Saipov.
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