NOTE: Authorities are no longer looking for a second suspect.
Reports are claiming that information about a second Uzbek man in connection with the truck attack this week in Lower Manhattan has come to the attention of police. Prosecutors have already charged the first driver, Sayfullo Saipov, with carrying out the attack in the name of the Islamic State.
But now, according to the New York Times it appears that a second man may have been involved, and authorities are quickly trying to seek who it is. News that the authorities were interested in a second person has significantly expanded an inquiry into the tragedy, which is the deadliest terror attack on New York City since September 11. The FBI released a report saying that Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, 32, is the man whom they are searching for.
We now know that an official complaint was filed over a year ago to authorities. This complaint alleged that Saipov was planning an attack. It was about two months ago that he decided to use a truck as a means to promote his terror. Authorities have claimed that he chose Halloween for the attack because he believed that more people would be on the street, according to the New York Times.
Earlier on Wednesday, information about Saipov's connections to ISIS was revealed. Terrorism investigators, wondering whether the suspect had meaningful ties to any terrorist organization, quickly discovered that he had clear connections to ISIS. It also became clear to them that the attacker had for years been heading down the road to extreme terrorism, thereby resulting in the eventual attack on New York City.
The man was only 29 years old. He rented a pickup from a Home Depot in New Jersey at 2 pm on Tuesday before eventually coming into Manhattan on the George Washington Bridge. At around 3 pm he was caught on camera driving onto a bike path along the Hudson River. This is where he appeared to be targeting pedestrians and cyclists, as he began mowing down people in the crowd.
He then crashed into a school bus in Lower Manhattan. He jumped out with a pellet gun and a paintball gun and began shouting, "Allahu Akbar," which is Arabic for "God is Great!" Authorities found not only the paintball gun and pellet gun but also several knives in and around the truck. In the truck was a handwritten note, which indicated his solidarity with the Islamic State, which also claimed that the Islamic State would endure forever.
According to the Washington Post, the young man was inspired to carry out the attack after watching ISIS videos on his cell phone.
John Miller, the deputy New York police commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism, said that the Islamic State has urged its followers to use vehicles to carry out attacks.
“He did this in the name of ISIS,” Miller said. “He appears to have followed almost exactly to a T the instructions that ISIS has put out in its social media channels before with instructions to their followers on how to carry out such an attack.”
President Trump has called Saipov an "animal."
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