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ISIS: Terrorist Who Killed Eight In NYC Is ‘Soldier Of The Caliphate’

A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. (Photo: REUTERS/Stringer)A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. (Photo: REUTERS/Stringer)

The radical Islamic extremist who mowed down innocent civilians in New York City Tuesday was a “soldier of the caliphate,” the Islamic State revealed in its official newspaper.

“One of the Islamic State soldiers in America attacked on Tuesday a number of crusaders on a street in New York City,” ISIS’ al-Naba newspaper reported Thursday, according to CNN. It is unclear whether the terrorist attack carried out by Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a green card holder from Uzbekistan, was directed or inspired by ISIS.

Saipov slaughtered civilians with a rented van Tuesday. The jihadi shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he carried out his attack, which killed eight people and injured a dozen others.

The links to ISIS began to emerge almost immediately, as authorities found a note in Arabic indicating that the attacker is loyal to the Islamic state. Investigators also found thousands of ISIS propaganda images and video on his cellphone.

Saipov, who came to the U.S. in 2010 on a diversity lottery visa, was neutralized by local police and taken into custody, at which point he told the FBI that he “felt good” about what he did. After telling authorities he aspired to kill as many people as possible, the radical Muslim extremist had the nerve to ask that the ISIS flag be hung in his hospital room.

The 29-year-old man was charged with providing material support to ISIS, violence, and destruction of motor vehicles. For his heinous crimes, President Donald Trump has repeatedly called for the death penalty.

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Ryan Pickrell
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Holds a PhD in International Relations, fluent in Mandarin Chinese, reports on China and the Asia Pacific.

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