NYC Terrorist Followed ISIS Magazine Instructions Before Grisly Attack

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Update 2:20 pm: The New York Daily News is reporting that Sayfullo Saipov followed instructions from an ISIS propaganda magazine "almost to the letter" in the runup to Tuesday's attack. This appears to support investigators' claims that the Halloween massacre has all the hallmarks of a lone-wolf operation, and that they haven't found any evidence that he had direct links to a terror group.

The piece, published in ISIS's Rumiyah magazine last year, was titled “Just Terror Tactics” and lays out in chilling detail how to use a truck to maximize casualties.

“Vehicles are like knives, as they are extremely easy to acquire,” the article says. “But unlike knives, which if found in one’s possession can be a cause for suspicion, vehicles arouse absolutely no doubts due to their widespread use throughout the world. It is for this obvious reason that using a vehicle is one of the most comprehensive methods of attack.”

The story, which features a photo of a Hertz rental truck, advises would-be terrorists to use a load-bearing truck, to target areas that draw large crowds, to bring with them a secondary weapon, to announce allegiance to Allah and to leave behind a note pledging support for the Islamic State.

Saipov even left behind a note that was strikingly similar to the language suggested in the article.

The note read: “The Islamic State will remain."

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Update 12:50 pm: The Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in last night's gruesome terror attack, did indeed gain legal entry to the US through the diversity visa program. Saipov's participation in the program had been reported earlier, but was called into question by New York Senator Chuck Schumer after Trump blamed him for supporting the program.

We now await a response from the president, who has said he now wants to shutter the program in favor of a "merit-based" system.

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Update 12:30 pm: Trump's vanishingly brief alliance with "Chuck and Nancy" has officially been broken (though it's been effectively dead for weeks) now that Trump and Chuck Schumer have traded barbs on Twitter in the aftermath of last night's terror attack, which Trump claimed was enabled by a "diversity visa" program championed by Schumer and the Democrats. Schumer promptly responded by accusing Trump of politicizing the tragedy.

But those criticisms haven't deterred Trump, who yesterday declared that now was not the time to be politically correct, from calling for the diversity visa program to be dismantled - even as Schumer claimed that it hasn't been definitively deteremined whether Saipov received his legal status through the program.

Trump also said that he'd consider sending Saipov to the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where high-profile terrorism targets, including 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammad, are being held. If Trump follows through, Saipov would be the first terrorist captured domestically to be imprisoned in Guantanamo, which has so far been used primarily to detain suspected terrorists captured on foreign soil.

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Meanwhile, those killed in yesterday's attack continue to be identified. A Belgian mother of 3-year-old and 3-month-old boys was identified Wednesday as one of the eight people killed in the terror attack in lower Manhattan, according to the New York Post.

Ann-Laure Decadt, 31, from the town of Staden, was in the Big Apple with her mom and two sisters when she was run over by a truck driven by an ISIS sympathizer. Her husband, Alexander Naessens, told Belgium’s HLN newspaper that she was riding a bike when she was struck from behind by the Home Depot truck.

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Update: Reports of the details of investigators' conversations with Saipov are beginning to leak. While it's unclear what, if anything, investigators learned from him, one official told ABC News the suspect seemed “proud” of the attack.

Investigators spent the overnight hours collecting video and still images from traffic and surveillance cameras along the route of the attack, sources said. Those images show that Saipov drove carefully and at moderate speed until he entered the jogging path and accelerated; investigators believe that suggests the suspect knew where he wanted to begin the attack. Authorities are pouring through toll records and other digital records to see if Saipov had scoped out the location beforehand, according to ABC.

Saipov also reportedly entered the US through what is called the "Diversity Visa Lottery Program." In an early morning tweet, President Donald Trump criticized Sen. Chuck Schumer, whom he blamed for supporting the program, and his fellow Democrats, adding that he favors a "merit-based" immigration system instead.

Saipov has come up in prior counterterror investigations as a “possible associate” of a suspect in an investigation, but he was not the focus and there was never any proof to open a case file on him so he was not under surveillance, sources said. Saipov entered the U.S. legally through New York's JFK Airport in March 2010, according to law enforcement sources. He had a green card that allowed him permanent legal residence in the country, sources said.

The green card came via a government program called the Diversity Visa Lottery, which hands out about 55,000 visas per year.

CBS reported that Saipov bragged about his attack in the hospital and seemed pleased with its "success." Also, he told police that he didn't intend to crash into the school bus - and that he had hoped to run over more people. Police also revealed that they had found knives and ten to fifteen peices of paper explaining his allegiance to ISIS.

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New details about Sayfullo Saipov, the 29-year-old Uzbek national who allegedly carried out yesterday's Halloween terror attack in NYC, are starting to emerge.

WaPo writes that Saipov moved to the US from Uzbekistan about six years ago, according to Dilnoza Abdusamatova, 24, who said Saipov stayed with her family in Cincinnati for his first two weeks in the country because their fathers were friends. Abdusamatova said Saipov then moved to Florida to start a trucking company. Her family members think he got married about a year after arriving in the United States and may now have two children. Around that time, she said, he cut off contact with them. Yesterday, it was reported that Saipov had three children, and had been living with a girlfriend in New Jersey.

“He stopped talking to us when he got married,” Abdusamatova said.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reported that Saipov arrived in Ohio in 2010 - a date that was also given by police. He reportedly arried from Tashkent, the Uzbek capital, knowing little English. He spent his early days in the country learning English and looking for a job. He eventually moved to Fort Myers, Fla. where he met Kobiljon Matkarov, a friend and fellow Uzbek national who was interviewed by the New York Post.

NYC terrorist Sayfullo Saipov

Saipov was reportedly working as a truck driver at the time. "He was a very good person when I knew him," Matkarov said. "He liked the US. He seemed very lucky, and all the time he was happy and talking like everything is OK. He did not seem like a terrorist, but I did not know him from the inside."

He eventually moved to New Jersey, settling in Paterson, where he began driving for Uber. By the time of the attack, he had earned a green card, granting him permanent residence in the US. An Uber official told the NYT that Saipov had passed its background checks.

"We have been in contact with the FBI and have offered out assistance," the Uber official told the Times. "We will remain in close contact with law enforcement and the FBI to assist with their investigation."

"We are aggressively and quickly reviewing this partner's history with Uber and at this time we have not identified any related concerning safety reports."

In a report that echos some of the vagaries surrounding last month's mass shooting in Las Vegas, officials say they are working to determine what motivated Saipov, who rented the Home Depot rental truck in Passaic, NJ only an hour before the attack began. He also had two facsimile firearms - a paintball gun and a pellet gun, according to reports.

Last night, authorities converged on an apartment building near Genessee and Getty Avenues in Paterson that was believed to be Saipov's residence.

At one point, Saipov had lived in Heritage at Tampa, an apartment complex near the Hillsborough River. On Tuesday evening, two plainclothes investigators were seen departing the community, WaPo reported, after interviewing several residents and others in the surrounding neighborhood. The investigators declined to answer any questions.

“Four FBI agents came and told me he used to live here,” said Venessa Jones, who said she lives in an apartment above the one Saipov rented. Neighbors at the complex said they didn’t know Saipov.

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Meanwhile, in a gesture of cooperation, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev sent his condolences to US President Donald Trump and offered his country's assistance in investigating Tuesday's Halloween attack in New York City after Saipov was taken into custody at the scene. Saipov is suspected of killing eight people and injuring nearly a dozen more when a truck he was driving plowed down a riverfront bike path along the West Side Highway in Lower Manhattan before colliding with a school bus leaving Stuyvesant High School five blocks away from the World Trade Center memorial.

Officials who weren't authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity identified 29-year-old  as the attacker. They say he came to the U.S. legally from Uzbekistan in 2010.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev also offered condolences to families of the victims in a statement Wednesday.

Uzbekistan borders Afghanistan and is one of the most closed off post-Soviet republics. Previously, Uzbek officially never commented or acknowledged any security incidents abroad involving Uzbek nationals.

Meanwhile, the Argentine foreign ministry has released the names of the five Argentinian citizens killed during Tuesday's attack. They are: Hernan Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damian Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij, and Hernan Ferruchi. Another Argentine national, Martin Ludovico Marro, is recovering from injuries at Manhattan's Presbyterian Hospital. The victims were part of a group of friends celebrating the 30th anniversary of their graduation from the Polytechnic School of Rosario, Argentina. The government gave its condolences and said that all Argentines are sharing in this terrible moment of profound sadness.

Saipov jumped a barrier and turned his truck onto the West Side Highway bike path at 3:05 pm Tuesday and began a vicious 20-block run that saw him mow down unsuspecting cyclists and pedestrians. The sunny fall day along the Hudson River erupted in chaos just around the time students at nearby Stuyvesant High School were finishing up for the day. Saipov collided with a school bus carrying children home from the school. Witnesses say the speeding truck struck unsuspecting bicyclists and pedestrians while onlookers screamed and scattered. The truck then veered left toward Chambers Street, where it collided with the small bus, injuring two adults and two children.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during yesterday's press conference that there was no evidence of a wider plot. Elaine Duke, the acting head of DHS, released a statement to WaPo: “We have recently seen attacks like this one throughout the world," said acting homeland security secretary Elaine Duke. “DHS and its law enforcement partners remain vigilant and committed to safeguarding the American people."

Saipov is expected to survive, meaning investigators will soon interrogate him about his motive for the attack, but so far, they said, he appears to have been a “lone wolf’’ suspect: someone who acted alone after being inspired, but not directly instructed, by ISIS. The investigation is being led by the FBI with the participation of the NYPD.

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aloha_snakbar's picture

LOL..."Dieversity Lottery"... its like the new russian roulette. Trump should sign an EO that requires ALL new immigrants to live in DC, Virginia, CA, NY. Then after a waiting period, say like eighty years, if they do not run over or blow anyone up... they can move...

Pollygotacracker's picture

You left out Hawaii. Send them to where that crack pot judge and former school mate of Obama lives. Aloha.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

send him over to schumer's mansion..I am sure chucky would throw him welcome party, right mr open borders come one come all??

Megaton Jim's picture

Thank you, Israel!

bshirley1968's picture

Boy!  I sure hope those mean Ole terrorist don't ever bomb the Federal Reserve or Janet Yellen.  They would do some real damage to the money monster that feeds the MIC that is bombing them and kill some dreaded Jews at the same time......high up Jews at that.

I hope they don't ever think of doing that.  That would be bad.  Might cause some real damage.  Hopefully, they  will just keep killing street people who are working hard each day to pay their masters at the the Fed can give money to the the banksters can give money to the the MIC can bomb the shit out of muslims.

It scares me to even think about such a thing!  Perish the thought!!  Oh, MY!

DEMIZEN's picture

i cant believe this russian nigger. i have never seen a more retarded terrorist. i cant believe it took him several weeks to plan this shitshow.

the special olympics of terrosism indeed.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Eh, most everyone is proud of their deeds.    The grandmothers of the U.S. pilots dropping MOAB's on the Syrians are proud of their sonny boys. 

Hkan's picture

Save american lifes.

Death sentence carried out by female executer......islamic worst fear.

truthalwayswinsout's picture

Terrorists are without doubt the dumbest people in the world.  They, Niggers and the Palestinians all deserve each other.

They run around and kill innocent people.

Instead they should run around and kill the jackass politicians and bureaucrats running the country. If they did, the common people would love them and support them.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Some politicians have hard heads and cannot be killed - Giffords comes to mind.


How would a terrorist get into a fortified courthouse to kill anyone? 

exartizo's picture

Dear Mr. Schumer,

You should be ashamed of yourself sir for supporting an immigration program that allowed innocent American citizens to be killed.

You are not fit to hold elected office in the United States.

You should be arrested and charged with murder.


A ZH Reader

hannah's picture

is this guy really the 'guy at fault'.....who setup and created this...the federal gov and the politicians. they did this. they knew this would happen....why...?!

Mr Perspective's picture

Horse-hockey. The lying terrorist media are producing way too many useless details out about this one. And how convenient the NYPD had an Uzbek interpreter to read the 15 so-called "Isis allegiance" papers within hours of the accident. It is obvious they are trying desperately to divert your attention away from something else going on. Don't buy this bullshit.

The "terrorism" meme is merely for future insurance claims. Everything will be settled quickly, along with some tidy profits for many involved.

Mr Perspective's picture

Consider this: Numerous reports similar to this one from the New York Times state "Investigators discovered handwritten notes in Arabic near the truck that indicated allegiance to the Islamic State, two law enforcement officials said."  IN ARABIC (oh, and conveniently they were "near the truck")

Odd thing here is, the great majority of Uzbeks speak "Uzbek". The second language most spoken there is Russian.  The Uzbek language is not written in Arabic script. It is written in Cyrillic script. Why would this Uzbek write something in a script he wouldn't normally use?

King of Ruperts Land's picture

They learn Arabic in terrorism, I mean Islamic school.

White Devil's picture

Diversity is Perversity.

Animal Mother's picture

If these rat bastards came in under the "diversity" program, well then by God we should insist on more diversity. Captain Caveman here has been selected for gender modification in order to "diversity" him a whole bunch more. Welcome to America. Enjoy your prison time with a tranni rep. 

frontierland's picture

Because Anti-Whites say, "We're Too White"

Diveristy is code for Anti-White.

Disgruntled Goat's picture

Diversity is weakness, not strength. Fuck Islam.

how_this_stuff_works's picture

Take him out and stone him.

Kprime's picture

One shot? if the terrorist was selling single cigarettes or had a broken taillight, they would have murdered him.  they would have pumped him so full of lead it would have taken 6 cops to pick him up.   Buuuut, since he was just mowing down pedestrians, one shot was good enough.  Besides he was only carrying look alike guns.  If he had been holding a cell phone that would have been worth at least 12 shots.  That and they typically only murder 12-18 year olds for running with a twinky.

south40_dreams's picture

That obama legacy thing took another step back, this puts obama in contention for the Idi Amin Dada award for petty corrupt dictators

frontierland's picture

Came in under Obongo but...

(((Chucky Schumer))) and Ted Kennedy (also promoted 1965 Immigration Act) were the promoters and sponser of the actual Diversity Lottery POLICY.

wisehiney's picture

Proudly on top display at your nearest nyc news stand.

frontierland's picture

Diversity Lottery

Why we Pro-Whites expose the actual meaning of Diversity: 

Diversity is just a code for Anti-White.

Only White's would allow a "Diversity Lottery" because our Nation is too White.

What would Anti-Whites say to a Diversity Lottery in Africa, since it's too Black.

What would Anti-Whites say to a Diversity Lottery in El Salvador since it's too Mestizo.


Why do we need to be Diversified, why is that so important. 

Some Common Reasons for Diversity offered by Anti-Whites:

Because (((Our Values)))

Because (((Who We Are)))

Becasue We've always been Diverse

Becasue A Jew's Poem slapped on the Statue of Liberty (Nothing to do with the actual meaning of statue)

Because White Supremacy

Because Hitler

Prevents Whites from inbreeding

(Actual reason I hear from demoralized Shit-Lib Whites, because breeding with Semitic Rats creates more resilient genetics  )



Infinite QE's picture

Still printed in Tel Aviv?

AgAuSkeptic's picture

He missed "take captagon" part, good for NYC and the US. Due to screwed up healthcare system, this ISIS drug (makes you brave, here are the side effects is available only to low level moochers who get Obamabucks

frontierland's picture

"he began driving for Uber."

Anti-Whites at Uber are investigating backgrounds and firing White Advocates while giving jobs to Anti-White Terrorists.

Infinite QE's picture

Did all the talmudists get a cell phone message telling them to stay away from the area?

apocalypticbrother's picture

Sounds like a bunch of bullshit to me. Fucking false flag supporting pig feed

california chrome's picture

So this terrorist was on the FBI/CIA's radar but they were too busy investigating Manafort and Russian collusion to provide the attention this situation deserved.


aloha_snakbar's picture

I read that he bought his weapons with Bitcon... the preferred coin of terrorists the world over...

Mzhen's picture

Imran Awan also got into the country through the Diversity Visa Lottery Program.  He's the Pakistani employed by Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and other Democrats, who's now embroiled in a criminal case and a suspect in several others.

JoeTurner's picture

Awan is way bigger brohim...check out George Webb on this


smacker's picture

The political Left (including Goolag) who introduce all these "diversity" and "affirmative action" programs need urgent brain surgery.

Whether it's a job, political appointment or immigration status, a person should only be appointed based upon merit, nothing else.

Appointing someone based upon flawed preferential criteria only serves to end up with catastrophes like NYC yesterday or people working in jobs they have little idea how to do, whilst the guy who does know finds himself unemployed.

Another example of Left-wing madness.

wobblie's picture

Liberals and Conservatives are both ruling class servants.

That you actually take it to heart means that you've been suckered.

Blame Liberals but not the ruling class?

Do you think "Conservative" washington is your friend?

smacker's picture

Well, now you mention it, I can say that nowadays I see very little difference between liberals and conservatives. The whole political establishment has steadily and quietly moved to the Left in recent years and adopted (what I would say are) Left-wing corporatist policies. Only a few true conservatives remain but they're outnumbered and made to feel like pariahs.

sarz's picture

Tyler Durden, hard to believe you truly think Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was the mastermind of 9/11. So why do you drop these casual lies? You guys do this a lot. Leads one to think you are part of the problem.

Extra Oink's picture

Neck Beard: "Hello! I would like to be renting large truck!"

Rental Guy: "Okay, how long will you need it?"

Neck Beard: " Just enough time to run over some infidels! Allahu Akbar!"

Rental Guy: "Uh, Allahu Akbar to you, too!"

Neck  Beard leaves, rental Guy runs after him.

Rental Guy: (Big smile) "I will keep your credit-card on file!" 


DaBard51's picture

Five Argentinian victims.

If convicted, deport to Argentina for sentence.  Justice.


When nine hundred years old you become, look this good you will not.

VZ58's picture

Yeah, they might actually dole out some justice.

Extra Oink's picture

Will my stupid Leftist N.Y. friends admit that Trump was right? Nah, they'll just keep playing Big Apple Roulette. 

yellowsub's picture

Not surprised, FBI interviewed him in 2015 and cleared him...

Something wrong with an agency that doesn't seem to find issues with them.  I can't imagine with the spy network they built they don't constantly monitor him.

Yet the only times they stop an attack is when it seems so amateurish...


VZ58's picture

Probably was one of their informants or worse