The alleged perpetrator of the attack on Tuesday in Manhattan, a 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant, was radicalized inside the US and is “associated” with the jihadist group Islamic State (IS), said today the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo.
In several television interviews, Cuomo explained that the suspect, identified as Sayfullo Saipov and who is detained, responds to the profile of “lone wolf”.
Saipov, who allegedly hit a truck Tuesday with dozens of people in Manhattan and killed eight of them, is an individual “radicalized within the country” and “associated” to the IS, according to the governor.
Cuomo described the suspect as a “depraved coward” and confirmed that the investigators have found his notes related to the jihadist group.
In addition, according to CNN, the investigations that are inspecting Saipov’s home in Paterson, in the neighboring state of New Jersey, have also found their computer material related to the EI.
The attack occurred Tuesday in the southwest of the island of Manhattan when Saipov allegedly ransacked with a truck several people who were in the place, some of them in a bicycle lane near the bank of the Hudson River.
The New York authorities have described as “cowardly act of terrorism” the multiple abuse, which caused a total of eight deaths and more than a dozen wounded.
Saipov, who according to the testimony of people who were in the place shouted “Allah is great”, in Arabic, he received one or several shots in the abdomen and was transferred to a hospital.