Police: New York terror suspect 'did this in the name of ISIS'

The driver behind a deadly terrorist attack in New York plotted the strike for weeks and appeared to have followed instructions published online by the ISIS "to a T," police said Wednesday.

John Miller, the New York Police Department's deputy commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism, said in a news conference that the alleged attack, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, acted "in the name of" the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday when he drove a rented truck onto a crowded bike path, killing eight people and injuring 11 others.

"Based on the investigation overnight, it appears that Mr. Saipov had been planning this for a number of weeks," Miller said. "He did this in the name of ISIS, and along with the other items recovered at the scene was some notes that further indicate that."


"He appears to have followed — almost exactly to a T — the instructions that ISIS has put out in its social media channels before with instructions to their followers on how to carry out such an attack," he added.

Miller said law enforcement found a handwritten note in Arabic at the scene indicating Saipov's allegiance to the terror group. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said on Wednesday that Saipov, a native of Uzbekistan, was "radicalized domestically" in the United States. He said that there is no evidence of additional plots or threats.

The attack came as ISIS finds its territory in the Middle East disappearing amid a campaign by the U.S-led coalition to take back land claimed by the militant group. 

President Trump called for "extreme vetting" of potential immigrants into the U.S. in the wake of the attack.