US: Sus­pect in NY at­tack in­spired by ISIS

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NEW YORK — Fed­eral prose­cu­tors brought ter­ror­ism charges Wed­nes­day against the Uzbek im­mi­grant ac­cused in the truck ram­page that left eight peo­ple dead, say­ing he was spurred to at­tack by the Is­lamic State group’s on­line calls to ac­tion and picked Hal­loween be­cause he fig­ured streets would be ex­tra crowded.

Even as he lay wounded in the hos­pi­tal from po­lice gun­fire, Say­fullo Saipov asked to dis­play the Is­lamic State group’s flag in his room and said “he felt good about what he had done”, prose­cu­tors said in court pa­pers.

Saipov, 29, was brought to court in a wheel­chair to face charges that could bring the death penalty. Hand­cuffed and with his legs shack­led, Saipov nod­ded his head re­peat­edly as he was read his rights in a brief court pro­ceed­ing that he fol­lowed through a Rus­sian in­ter­preter. He was or­dered held with­out bail.

Out­side court, his ap­pointed lawyer, David Pat­ton, said he hoped “ev­ery­one lets the ju­di­cial process play out”.

“I prom­ise you that how we treat Mr. Saipov in this ju­di­cial process will say a lot more about us than it will say about him,” Pat­ton said.

Mean­while, the FBI was ques­tion­ing a sec­ond per­son from Uzbek­istan, 32-year-old Mukham­mad­zoir Kadirov. A law en­force­ment of­fi­cial said Kadirov was a friend of Saipov’s and may not have any role in the case. The of­fi­cial wasn’t au­tho­rized to speak pub­licly and spoke to The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity.

Prose­cu­tors said Saipov had 90 videos and 3,800 pho­tos on one of his two cell­phones,

SHAN­NON STA­PLE­TON / REUTERS

Kate An­stett, 22, wipes tears from her eyes by a makeshift memo­rial for vic­tims of Tues­day’s ter­ror­ist at­tack out­side a po­lice bar­ri­cade on the bike path in New York.

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