UPDATE: The Islamic State or ISIS claims responsibility for the deadly #NYC #Manhattan terrorist attack
November 1, 2017 Social media accounts and a note found in the rental truck used to carry out the deadly attack in lower Manhattan Tuesday indicate the suspect was at least inspired by the Islamic State or ISIS.
The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov is a Uzbekistan native who came to the United States in 2010. Investigators are questioning Saipov at the hospital where he is being treated for gunshot wounds to try to establish the motive behind the terrorist attack—the deadliest on New York City since 9/11.
New York Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday that investigators believe Saipov was a lone wolf who became “radicalized domestically” after coming to the United States in 2010.
CNN reports that a Uber spokesperson confirmed Saipov worked for the company as a driver in New Jersey for over six months. Uber is cooperating with authorities in the investigation.
Since 2014, when the Islamic State (ISIS) first called for lone wolf attacks using improvised weaponry there have been at least 15 vehicular attacks in the West. In 2014,ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, now dead issued a directive to followers:
“If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock or slaughter him with a knife or run him over with your car or throw him down from a high place or choke him or poison him.”
In November, 2016 ISIS specifically called on followers to weaponize vehicles and kill “infidels” gathered in outdoor spaces throughout the West.
A National Terrorism Advisory System bulletin issued in June, 2016 noted the uptick in terrorist-inspired and homegrown attacks on public events and public places like the recent attacks in San Bernardino, Paris, Brussels, and the nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."