“NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!” U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday referring to the Uzbek immigrant charged in NY attack.
Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect of New York City Truck Attack who killed eight people, confessed to investigators that he had been inspired by Islamic State videos, particularly by a video in which Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who led the campaign by Islamic State - also known as ISIS - to seize territory for a self-proclaimed caliphate within Iraq and Syria, exhorted Muslims in the United States and elsewhere to support the group’s cause.
According to a criminal complaint filed against him the 29 years old terrorist, hospitalized after he was shot by a police officer and arrested, began planning Tuesday’s attack year ago and he stated that, "he felt good turning the vehicle down in NYC."
From Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan Saipov waived his rights to avoid self-incrimination in agreeing to speak to investigators without an attorney present. He had also requested permission to display the flag of the Islamic State militant group in his hospital room.
Manhattan acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim explain the Saipov charged: “the first count, of providing material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, specifically Islamic State, carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. The second count of violence and destruction of motor vehicles causing the deaths of eight people would make Saipov eligible for capital punishment if convicted, if the government chose to seek the death penalty. Additional or different charges could be brought later in an indictment,” Kim said.
Investigators found thousands of ISIS-related propaganda images and videos on a cellphone belonging to Saipov, including video clips showing ISIS prisoners being beheaded, run over by a tank and shot in the face, the complaint said.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation had located another Uzbek man, Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, 32, who had been in contact with Saipov and
wanted for questioning as a person of interest in the attack, though they did not elaborate.