Suspect In NYC Terror Attack Pledged Allegiance To ISIS

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The man who allegedly ran over cyclists and pedestrians in New York City reportedly pledged his allegiance to ISIS before the attack.

The incident occurred on Oct. 31 shortly after 3 p.m. Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, entered a bike lane with a rented Home Depot truck, and ran over cyclists and passersby for 17 Manhattan blocks, the Daily Mail reported. He eventually crashed into a school bus, stepped out of his vehicle and yelled "Allahu Akbar."

Saipov was reportedly armed with a pellet gun and paintball gun. He was shot by NYPD Officer Ryan Nash, who was responding to a call about a suicidal teenager at a nearby high school at the time.

The suspect, who is an immigrant from Uzbekistan, was taken to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery. Authorities will question him when he wakes up.

Police found at least one knife and a note that translates to "ISIS lives forever," in Saipov's vehicle, WCAU reported. The suspect's social media accounts revealed he was an active reader of propaganda distributed by the terrorist group.

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Saipov reportedly has lived in the U.S. for seven years. He worked as an Uber driver and had two trucking companies in Ohio. Uber said he passed the company's background check, and had completed more than 1,400 trips.

Law enforcement officials said Saipov was most recently living in New Jersey. Police are looking into the Home Depot in New Jersey where Saipov is believed to have rented the vehicle from.

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill praised Officer Nash for his heroics.

"I want to commend the response of our NYPD officer that was on post near the location who stopped the carnage moments after it began," O'Neill said during a press conference.

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President Donald Trump took to Twitter shortly after the attack to call out ISIS.

"In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person," the president tweeted. "Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.! We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!"

Trump returned to Twitter on Nov. 1 to further comment on the issue and call out Democratic Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York

"I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!" Trump tweeted. "The terrorist came into our country through what is called the 'Diversity Visa Lottery Program,' a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based."

"We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter)," Trump continued.

At least eight people have been pronounced dead after the attack, with more than a dozen others injured. One child remains in critical condition.

Sources: Daily Mail, WCAU, Donald J. Trump/Twitter (2, 3, 4, 5) / Featured Image: Sarah_Ackerman/Flickr / Embedded Images: KABC  via Daily Mail, Twitter via Daily Mail

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