New York attacker one of our soldiers, Daesh claims

Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant from Uzbekistan, was charged with terrorism offenses after he mowed down pedestrians and cyclists at high speed on a bike path of Lower’s Manhattan’s West Side. (AFP)
Updated 03 November 2017

New York attacker one of our soldiers, Daesh claims

WASHINGTON: The attacker who killed eight people in a truck rampage in New York on Tuesday was a “soldier” of the Daesh group, the jihadists said Thursday, according to a US-based monitoring group.
“One of the soldiers of the Islamic State attacked a number of crusaders on a street in New York City,” said an article in the latest issue of the group’s Al-Naba weekly newspaper, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.
Sayfullo Saipov, 29, an immigrant from Uzbekistan, is charged with terrorism offenses after allegedly driving a rented pickup truck down a mile-long stretch of bike path in Manhattan.
The charging document says he confessed to acting in the name of Daesh and “felt good about what he had done,” even demanding to hang a Daesh flag in his hospital room.
Police said he appeared to have followed very closely “the instructions” that Daesh put out to its followers on social media.
He was allegedly in possession of three knives, thousands of Daesh propaganda images and dozens of videos that showed Daesh fighters killing prisoners.
The picture of Saipov that has emerged is of a suspect who only radicalized after moving to the US in 2010.
“The grace of Allah, the operation instilled fear in crusader America, prompting them to increase security measures and intensify actions against immigrants to America,” Daesh said in the Al-Naba article, according to SITE.
After a gunman shot dead 58 people last month in Las Vegas, Daesh claimed the killer was also one of its “soldiers” but the FBI said it found no such links with the accused, Stephen Paddock.

At least 8 killed in blast near Kabul University

Updated 59 min 2 sec ago

At least 8 killed in blast near Kabul University

  • No militant group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack
  • Explosion happened when a number of students were waiting near the campus gate to attend an exam

KABUL: At least eight people were killed and dozens more wounded Friday when a bomb detonated near a major university in Kabul while students were waiting to take an exam, officials said.

The blast comes amid an unending wave of violence across Afghanistan, where civilians are being killed every day in the country’s grueling conflict, now in its 18th year.

The Taliban denied any involvement in Friday’s blast, which took place near the southern entrance to Kabul University, an official with the interior ministry’s media office said.

Health ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar said the death toll had reached eight, with another 33 injured.

“Wounded patients have been receiving the required medical and surgical treatment,” he said on Twitter.

The heavily militarized Afghan capital remains one of the highest-profile targets for both the Taliban and the so-called Daesh group, with both regularly launching devastating attacks that often kill and maim civilians.

Bahar Mehr, the interior ministry official, said five people had been killed including a traffic police officer.

“The wounded were law students gathered for (an examination). We do not know how many students had gathered there,” he said.

The blast had been caused by a sticky bomb, he said, a common threat in Kabul where criminals and insurgents often slap explosives under vehicles.

Local media reports said police had been pursuing the vehicle when it detonated.

“The university and the examination ceremony were not the target of the attack, and we are investigating,” Firdaws Faramarz, Kabul police spokesman, told TV network TOLO.

Last week, Daesh claimed responsibility for a suicide attack at a wedding ceremony in Nangarhar province.

The hard-line Sunni extremists have a growing footprint in Afghanistan and the United States wants to leave a counter-terrorism force in the country to tackle them in the event of a peace deal with the Taliban.