New York City Terror Attack Leaves 8 Dead, Attacker Demands ISIS Flag Hanged to His Hospital Bed
New York City was struck by a tragedy yesterday, when a truck ploughed through a bike path, which left 8 people dead, with conflicting reports of 13 injured.
According to The Sun, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a 29-year old man from Uzbekistan, drove a rented truck in Lower Manhattan, just a few blocks away from the World Trade Center Memorial. According to sources, Saipov entered the biking path at around 3:00 P.M. and then began to run over pedestrians.
Sources reported that the truck stopped, when it crashed into a nearby high school in New York City.
As noted by the report, the eight victims included of five Argentine nationals and one Belgian. The Argentinian casualties were confirmed by Argentina’s foreign ministry, and were reported to be celebrating their 30 years of friendship.
The victims were named as Hernan Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damian Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernan Ferruchi.
On the other hand, Belgium’s Foreign Minister Didier Reynders confirmed the death of the Belgian nationality, but did not provide details surrounding the man. However, he expressed his condolences on Twitter and said, “I am deeply saddened to announce a Belgian victim in Manhattan – I express my condolences to the family and friends.”
“My thoughts are with the victims of the attack in New York,” he added.
As for the attacker, CNN reported that Saipov is currently a resident of New Jersey, and was found out to be an ISIS fanatic. According to the report, he entered the federal court bound in a wheelchair and did not enter a plea, but requested that an ISIS flag be flown and hanged to his hospital.
U.S. President Donald Trump expressed his outrage on Twitter and tweeted a series of tweets condemning the attack, and reiterating that an “extreme” vetting procedure must be implemented.