New York City, New York — More details have come to light in what the Federal Bureau of Investigations Joint Counter-Terrorism Task Force (FBI-JCTTF) declares the incident in New York as an act of terror.
New reports out of New York are confirming that 8 people are dead after a lone attacker drove a pick-up truck drove into a bike lane near the Stuyvesant High School in Lower Manhattan. The driver struck several cyclists and slammed his truck into a parked vehicle; the suspect then exited his vehicle with a paint ball and pellet guns and began screaming incoherently in what was reported as “sounding Arabic” and pointed his toy weapons at New York police who opened fire and struck the suspect in the abdomen
The suspect was then restrained and taken to Bellevue Hospital and rushed into emergency surgery. The FBI JCTTF have taken over the investigation and have placed the suspect under arrest. The suspect is Sayfullo Saipov and is reported to be from Uzbekistan and is a resident of Tampa, Florida.
The White House along with President Trump has been briefed on what is now being called a lone wolf terrorist attack. Trump tweeted directly after the brief saying, “We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!”
We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2017
The outline of this lone wolf attack was published in the Islamic State’s online English language propaganda magazine in early 2016, the article titled “The Human Lawnmower.” This describes where potential lone wolves were given instructions on how to use large vehicles to kill and maim westerners with the additional decree of carrying a weapon such as a knife or gun to “finish off the kafirs” or non-believers.
This is currently a fluid situation–the motive isn’t clear, and no known terrorist organization has yet to claim what is shaping up to be a lone wolf attack. However, New York Police along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation also reported earlier this month that they raided and arrested several men in connection with being involved with an Islamic State “terrorist sleeper cell” who were attempting to execute the “next 9/11.”
Currently the FBI Joint Counter Terrorism Task Force is now on the scene and have reportedly taken a suspect into custody, though the death toll is sadly expected to increase in this latest tragic event in New York.
The governor and mayor of New York attended a press conference summarizing the attack.
SOFREP will continue to track this story and update as more information comes in.
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