REPORT: NYPD Says Terrorist Planned Attack For Weeks

Sayfullo Saipov left note pledging support for ISIS, and came into the United States on the “Diversity Visa Lottery” program. A second person is now wanted for questioning.

Authorities are saying the accused New York attacker Sayfullo Saipov plotted for weeks before carrying out the attack that killed 8 people and wounded nearly a dozen more.

According to what NYPD deputy counter-terrorism commissioner John Miller said about Saipov, “He appears to have followed, almost exactly to a T, the instructions that ISIS has put out in its social media channels before with instruction to their followers on how to carry out such an attack.”

Saipov is said to have lived in Paterson New Jersey, which is about 40 km from Manhattan. He has been charged with terrorism offences, and as usual, was known to authorities.

As noted by Reuters, “A U.S. law enforcement official described the suspect as a U.S. immigrant born in Uzbekistan, a predominantly Muslim country in Central Asia that was once part of the former Soviet Union. CNN and NBC News said he entered the United States in 2010.”

The FBI are also saying a second person is wanted for questioning in regards to the attack. They identified that individual as Mukhammadzoir Kairov from Uzbekistan – the same country the alleged attacker was from.

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Attacker came to U.S. through “Diversity Visa Lottery”, Trump pledges to scrap it

Saipov reportedly came to the U.S. through the Diversity Visa Lottery program, which is meant to bring people to the states from countries that have had few people come to America. U.S. President Trump criticized the program in a series of tweets, and said he would scrap it:

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