Trump Says New York Terror Suspect 'Should Get Death Penalty'

Trump Says New York Terror Suspect 'Should Get Death Penalty'

Trump's strong statement came after the Islamic State terror group claimed that the attack on October 31 was carried out on its behalf by a domestically radicalised Uzbek immigrant to the US.

The terror group issued the claim late Thursday, more than 48 hours after a man ran into several people near the World Trade Center.

Investigators work around the wreckage of a Home Depot pickup truck a day after it was used in a terror attack in NY on November 1, 2017.

Saipov reportedly admitted to watching IS videos on his cell phone, before mowing down people on a bike path in the Manhattan neighborhood of Tribeca in New York City on Tuesday.

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The criminal complaint against Saipov alleges that he was inspired by IS.

In this courtroom drawing, defendant Sayfullo Saipov, right, addresses the court during his arraignment on federal terrorism charges, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, at Manhattan Federal Court in NY.

Sen. Lindsay Graham, a Republican, on Thursday repeated his criticism of the Justice Department for charging Saipov in the courts rather than treating him as an enemy combatant. "He killed 8 people, badly injured 12", Trump wrote, making reference to the driver's reported interest in the extremist group Islamic State.

After the hearing, Saipov's court-appointed lawyer said he hoped people would let "the judicial process play out", adding, "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".

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A police officer shot Saipov after he exited the truck brandishing paintball and pellet guns.

The charges included providing material support to ISIS, violence and destruction of motor vehicles said Joon H. Kim, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY.

In the past few years, the Islamic State group has exhorted followers online to use vehicles, knives or other close-at-hand means of killing people in their home countries. "But when you say it, it makes it harder for DOJ to make that happen", tweeted Andrew C. McCarthy, a former assistant US attorney for the Southern District of NY.

The president took to Twitter on Wednesday, saying Saipov should get the death penalty. "Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!"

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The complaint also said that Saipov specifically chose Halloween for the attack date because he thought "there would be more civilians on the street". After entering the country, he reportedly went from OH to Tampa, Florida and then to Paterson, New Jersey, where he lived with his wife and three children for several years.

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