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Trump says New York terror attack suspect ‘happy as he asked for ISIS flag in hospital’, should get death

US President Donald Trump has said he would consider sending Saipov to Guantanamo Bay, the US military detention centre in Cuba that has been used to indefinitely hold suspected foreign jihadis.

world Updated: Nov 02, 2017 10:31 IST
Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the New York City truck attack is seen in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters.
Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the New York City truck attack is seen in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters.(Reuters)

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday the Uzbek immigrant accused in a New York terror attack that killed eight people “was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room,” calling for him to be put to death.

In Tuesday’s attack, Sayfullo Saipov drove his speeding truck for nearly a mile along a bike path near the World Trade Center, running down cyclists and pedestrians, then crashed into a school bus, authorities said. He was shot in the abdomen after he jumped out of the vehicle brandishing two air guns, one in each hand, and yelling “God is great!” in Arabic, they said.

Trump has said he would consider sending Saipov to Guantanamo Bay, the US military detention centre in Cuba that has been used to indefinitely hold suspected foreign jihadis, a practice that has drawn repeated criticism from rights groups.

Investigators said Wednesday that the man who mowed down cyclists and pedestrians in New York the day before had confessed to acting in the name of IS and said that he “felt good” about the killings.

Prosecutors said the 29-year-old suspect began planning the attack a year ago.

They said Saipov had 90 videos and 3,800 photos on one of his two cellphones, many of them ISIS-related pieces of propaganda, including images of prisoners being beheaded, shot or run over by a tank.

Saipov left behind knives and a note, in Arabic and English, that included Islamic religious references and said, “Islamic Supplication. It will endure,” FBI agent Amber Tyree said in court papers. “It will endure” commonly refers to ISIS, Tyree said.

Questioned in his hospital bed, Saipov said he had been inspired by ISIS videos, deciding to use a truck about two months ago, Tyree said.

During the last few weeks, Saipov searched the internet for information on Halloween in New York City and for truck rentals, the agent said. Saipov even rented a truck on October 22 to practice making turns, and he initially hoped to get from the bike path across lower Manhattan to hit more pedestrians on the Brooklyn Bridge, Tyree said.

He even considered displaying ISIS flags on the truck during the attack but decided it would draw too much attention, authorities said.

John Miller, deputy New York police commissioner for intelligence, said Saipov “appears to have followed, almost exactly to a T, the instructions that ISIS has put out.”