Trump Falsely Claims US Hitting ISIS 'Harder' After New York Attack

Trump Falsely Claims US Hitting ISIS 'Harder' After New York Attack

Trump Falsely Claims US Hitting ISIS 'Harder' After New York Attack

"They claimed him as a soldier - good luck". Prosecutors say he had meant to head all the way to the Brooklyn Bridge, killing many more people along the way.

Prosecutors unveiled the charges, saying he had waived his rights and confessed to being inspired by IS propaganda, after yelling "Allahu akbar" ("God is greatest" in Arabic) upon exiting a rented pickup truck in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday. SCENE PHOTOS: Truck mows down crowd on bike pathThe almost one-mile-long attack that killed eight people and injured about a dozen others spanned more than a mile, before the suspect crashed into a school bus and ran away. The criminal complaint said he made a decision to use a rented truck as a weapon "to inflict maximum damage against civilians".

Saipov appeared in a wheelchair before a United States magistrate in Manhattan federal court, where the charges were formally read. Prosecutors announced federal terrorism charges against Saipov late Wednesday, which means he can get the death penalty if convicted - even though NY state has no death penalty. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12.

He started planning the attack about a year ago while in the US - and two months ago, he chose to use a truck.

Asked by reporters whether he thought Saipov should be executed if convicted, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he categorically opposes the death penalty. Outside court, his appointed lawyer, David Patton, said he hoped "everyone lets the judicial process play out".

In the past few years, the Islamic State group has exhorted followers online to use vehicles, knives or other close-at-hand means of killing people in their home countries.

"He appears to have followed nearly exactly to a "T" the instructions that ISIS has put out in its social media channels", said John Miller, New York police deputy commissioner for intelligence and counter-terrorism, referring to IS.

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He's been charged with one count of providing material support to a terror organization and one count of violence and destruction of a motor vehicle resulting in death.

The president took to Twitter on Wednesday, saying Saipov should get the death penalty.

He also said the alleged killer should face the death penalty.

Miller said Saipov had never been the subject of a criminal investigation by the FBI or NY police, but appears to have links to people who have been investigated.

Bahij Chancey, 26, center, holds a photo of his friend and, one of the victims Nicholas Cleves, during an interfaith vigil for peace at Foley Square in response to the Manhattan truck attack, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in NY.

Saipov is a legal resident of the United States and came to USA in 2010 from Uzbekistan.

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