ISIS claims responsibility for NYC truck attack, without evidence

The terrorist group Islamic State in a newsletter claimed responsibility for the attack in New York City this week that left eight people dead, although it provided no evidence to back up the claim.

The terrorist group, also known as ISIS, made the claim in its al-Naba newsletter. The newsletter refers to the suspected attacker as a "soldier of the Islamic State," according to security consulting firm and NBC News partner Flashpoint Intelligence.

The suspect in Tuesday's truck rampage in Manhattan, 29-year-old Uzbek native Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, told investigators he was inspired to carry out the truck attack by ISIS videos he had watched on his phone, according to a criminal complaint. Law enforcement sources have said it appeared Saipov acted alone.

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Sayfullo Saipov, is suspected of killing eight people and injuring several others by plowing a truck into cyclists and pedestrians on a bike path in New York City.

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Sayfullo Saipov lived in an apartment in Paterson, New Jersey with his wife and three children, two girls and a boy.

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He arrived in the United States from Uzbekistan in 2010.

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Official said the suspect rented the truck used in the rampage from a Home Depot store in Passaic, New Jersey.  

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According to a criminal complaint Sayfullo Saipov said he 'felt good' about his crime and asked to display an ISIS flag in his hospital room.

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Saipov had began planning the attack a year ago and had originally planned to strike the Brooklyn Bridge too.

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The mosque that according to local media Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the New York City truck attack attended in Paterson, New Jersey.

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Saipov reportedly drove for Uber and the company said he passed their background check process.

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Saipov's cellphone was reportedly filled with ISIS-related propaganda and videos.

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Saipov, who came to the United States in 2010, used a rented truck to run down people on a bike path along the West Side Highway in lower Manhattan, police have said. He was shot and wounded by police, and on Wednesday was charged with two federal counts.

Saipov told investigators he had become radicalized by watching ISIS videos on his phone and was inspired by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's call for revenge on the United States, the federal complaint says.

ISIS has urged its supporters to use vehicles in terror attacks. New York police deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism John Miller said Wednesday that Saipov "appears to have followed, almost exactly to a T, the instructions that ISIS has put out in its social media channels before with instructions to their followers on how to carry out such an attack."

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Ann-Laure Decadt, 31

Ann-Laurie, a mother of two from Belgium, was riding bicycles with her mom and two sisters along the West Side of Lower Manhattan when she was mowed down.

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Darren Drake, 32

The 32-year-old New Jersey resident is remembered by his devastated parents as "the perfect son." 

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Nicholas Cleves, 23

Nicholas, the only New York City resident to die in Tuesday's attack, is remembered by those who knew him as a "sweetheart" and a "warm and friendly" person.

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Ariel Erlij, 48

Ariel was visiting NYC from Argentina with a group of friends to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation.  

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Alejandro Damián Pagnucco, 47

Alejandro was among the friends visiting with Ariel. Alejandro is pictured second from the left. 

Hernan Ferruci, 47

Hernan was also in town with the other 4 Argentinian victims.

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Diego Angelini, 47

Diego was also visiting NYC from Argentina with his group of friends from High School.

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Hernán Diego Mendoza, 47

Mendoza was also accompanying his friends from Argentina on their trip to NYC. 

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SIS has made dubious claims of responsibility in the past, including claiming that Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was a "soldier" of the terror organization, also without providing evidence. That claim has been widely discounted by terrorism experts, and the FBI said there was no evidence that attack was connected to international terrorism.

The newsletter in which ISIS claimed responsibility for the New York attack also referenced the Las Vegas shooting. Paddock killed 58 people when he opened fire on a concert crowd on Oct. 1. Paddock then apparently killed himself, authorities have said. 

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