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New york terror attack: suspect awake and ‘proud’ of killings as fears he was radicalised in america emerge
New York terrorist Sayfullo Saipov was apprehended after NYPD officer Ryan Nash shot him Credit Getty Images The alleged New York terror attacker who killed eight people when he ploughed along a bicycle path in a rented van has reportedly told police he is “proud” of his actions. Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a 29yearold Uzbek, is awake in hospital after being shot in the abdomen during Mondays attack and said to be showing no remorse. FBI and police investigators are attempting to piece together his backstory after a senior New York politician claimed he was radicalised in the US.  Saipov was an Uber driver who moved to the United States in 2010 and has a wife and children, according to US media reports. Emergency crews attend the scene of a the terror attack in New York  Credit REUTERSAndrew Kelly The New York attack was the the worst terrorist incident in the city since 911 and took place close to a memorial for that atrocity.  Saipov mounted a bike path in western Manhattan and smashed into cyclists and pedestrians for around a mile before returning onto the road and hitting a school bus. He emerged from the rented white truck holding what appeared to be two guns but turned out to be a paintball and pellet gun and ran around before being shot by a policeman. The “hero” officer has been named as Ryan Nash, 28, who was only in the area after being called to investigate reports of a suicidal teenager. Saipov underwent surgery after he was apprehended and remains in hospital. As well as the eight people who died, 13 were injured.  As officers pursued leads in the first terror incident to hit America in Donald Trump’s time in the White House, the president was pointing the finger of blame at political rivals. The terrorist came into our country through what is called the Diversity Visa Lottery Program, a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based.— Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump November 1, 2017 Mr Trump criticised the scheme that reportedly let Saipov move to the country the Diversity Visa Lottery Program and the support for it from the Democrats. In particular he singled out Chuck Schumer, the New York Senator who leads the Democrats in the Senate, for criticism, calling the scheme “a Chuck Schumer beauty”.  Mr Schumer hit back, tweeting that it is never “too soon to politicize a tragedy” and calling on Mr Trump to scrap cuts to “antiterrorism funding”. President Trump should be focusing on the real solution – antiterrorism funding – which he proposed to cut in his most recent budget.— Chuck Schumer @SenSchumer November 1, 2017 Mr Trump also vowed to “step up“ his extreme vetting program on border checks in a tweet, adding “Being politically correct is fine, but not for this” Uzbekistan, Saipov’s home country, is not on a list of nations which Mr Trump has introduced automatic tighter immigration controls on.  Saipov’s links to Isis are being closely examined. He reportedly left behind a note in the truck he used for the attack citing his support for the jihadist terror group. However a firm link to the group is yet to be established, leading to suggestions that Saipov was radicalised during his time in the US. Andrew Cuomo, the New York governor, said on Tuesday  “He was associated with Isis. He was radicalised domestically. New York terror attack, in pictures Meanwhile, chilling online postings from Islamic groups in the runup to the attack have raised suspicions about the level of forethought. One photo posted on an Isislinked Twitter page before the attack appears to have been taken in the same spot in Manhattan where the truck mounted the bike path.  The image, which shows the 1 World Trade Center in the background, was taken posted two months ago according to the respected SITE group which monitors terror activity.  At a press conference on Tuesday, New York police and politicians gave fresh details about the attack and the suspects links to jihadist groups. It took just four minutes for the attacker to mount the bike …

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