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Suspect charged in New York City terror attack

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Updated November 01, 2017 06:22 PM EDT
These are the victims of the New York terrorist attack

Sayfullo Saipov has been charged with federal terrorism offenses in connection with Tuesday's attack in Manhattan in which eight people were killed, according to a charging document from the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, according to CNN.

Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbek national who was living in New Jersey, is charged with providing material support to ISIS and violence and destruction of motor vehicles.

A federal complaint says he told authorities he started planning the attack about a year ago. It says he rented a truck about a week before the attack to practice turns and chose Halloween for the attack because he thought there would be more civilians nearby.

The FBI is also looking for information on a second man in connection with a deadly truck attack on a bike path near the World Trade Center.

The bureau on Wednesday issued a poster saying it is seeking the public’s help with information about 32-year-old Mukhammadzoir Kadirov. The poster doesn’t say why investigators want to know more about the man.

The man suspected of committing a recent terrorist attack in New York City claimed he acted on behalf of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to NBC New York.

NBC New York on Tuesday reported that Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, was detained after a truck slammed into pedestrians, killing at least eight people and wounding at least 11 more.

Law enforcement sources said that Saipov left a note in the vehicle claiming he committed the attack for ISIS.

Authorities said Saipov – a commercial truck and Uber driver living in Paterson, N.J. – is believed to be a “lone actor” in Tuesday’s bloodshed.

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U.S. counterintelligence officials added that no terrorist group has taken responsibility for the act.

Sources said Saipov rented a flatbed truck in Passaic, New Jersey before driving over the George Washington Bridge and into New York City.

Saipov then allegedly sped onto the Hudson River Greenway, a popular New York City bike path, before ramming into a school bus for children near Stuyvesant High School and P.S. 89.

Police told NBC New York that two children on the bus were injured, as were two staff members.

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Saipov, an Uzbek national who is also a permanent U.S. resident, then yelled “Allahu Ackbar,” left the rented truck and ran down the street.

A police officer on patrol then shot Saipov while he was brandishing a pellet gun and a paintball gun, leading to him getting treated for injuries at Bellevue Hospital while in custody.

Uber said that Saipov had passed a background test before driving for the service, adding that he has gotten banned from accessing the app following Tuesday’s incident.

President Trump on Tuesday tweeted that the “attack” in New York City was committed by a “very sick and deranged person.”

Saipov remains in critical condition at Bellevue Hospital but is suspected to survive the gunshot wound he received Tuesday.

This cell phone video shows the aftermath of the NYC terror attack.

Cell phone video shows aftermath in New York

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