Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the deadliest terror attack in New York City since 9/11 had 22 indictments laid against him on November 21. 2017. What do the indictments mean? When will he be able to respond to the charges? Are there further suspects? We have all you need to know right here.
Maximum Damage Against Civilians
Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, has been charged with 22 offenses including eight counts of murder in aid of racketeering, 12 counts of attempted murder in aid of racketeering, one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to ISIS, and one count of violence and destruction of a motor vehicle.
The charges stem from the attack allegedly perpetrated by the Uzbek native on October 31, 2017. Saipov allegedly drove a rented Home Depot pickup truck down a populated bicycle path not too far from the 9/11 Memorial. Saipov is accused of injuring 12 people and killing eight others.
The rampage came to a swift stop when the truck rammed into a school bus. The rental truck was apparently picked due to its ability to inflict maximum damage against civilians.
Why Did this Attack Happen?
Once Saipov was arrested, the question for investigators then became: why? According to prosecutors, Saipov has told them that he was inspired by a video by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In the video, al-Baghdadi questions why Muslims in the U.S. and elsewhere aren’t doing anything to respond to the deaths of Muslims at the hands of U.S. soldiers in Iraq.
Saipov’s phone contained about 90 videos and 3,800 images, many of which promoted ISIS. With this kind of information, one must wonder if Saipov was acting alone.
According to federal prosecutors, while Sayfullo Saipov was very much inspired by ISIS propaganda, he was acting on his own; he was not in cahoots with a cell or a partner. Saipov is expected to appear in court on November 28 to officially respond to his charges.