Saipov reportedly left a letter at the scene pledging allegiance to Islamic State.
The New York City attacker has been identified by authorities as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov. Saipov is a 29-year-old from Uzbekistan who came to the United States in 2010.
It is being reported that Saipov left a letter at the scene pledging allegiance to the Islamic State.
Witnesses have said Saipov yelled “Allahu Akbar” after mowing down bicyclists, which was confirmed by authorities.
As noted by security analyst Fran Townsend, “Saipov came from Uzbekistan, where there is an extremist organization called the IMU, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Townsend reports. Established in 1998, IMU moved from being an affiliate of al Qaeda to ISIS in 2015, Townsend said. Both al Qaeda and ISIS have talked about car attacks.”
VIDEO: Moment Saipov is apprehended by the NYPD
Trump orders stronger extreme vetting in wake of attack
In the wake of the attack, U.S. President Donald Trump says he has ordered Homeland Security to increase “Extreme Vetting.”
I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017
The White House also released a formal statement:
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) October 31, 2017
Once again, we are seeing the continued threat of radical Islamist terrorism, and all across the western world we must demand that our leaders take tough measures to keep us safe, and make certain that this never becomes the “new normal.”
We must be clear that we will never give up our safety and security to radical Islamist terrorists.
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