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
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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.


Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy wins Ukraine elections after incumbent president Petro Poroshenko concedes defeat

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Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy wins Ukraine elections after incumbent president Petro Poroshenko concedes defeat

  • Petro Poroshenko tried to rally Ukrainians around the flag and national identity
  • Zelenskiy is a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies

KIEV: Incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday conceded he had been soundly defeated in a run-off vote by comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy and would be leaving office next month, but said he did not plan to quit politics altogether.

Ukraine entered uncharted political waters on Sunday after an exit poll showed Zelenskiy, a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies, had easily won enough votes to become the next president of a country at war.

The apparent landslide victory of Volodymyr Zelenskiy, 41, is a bitter blow for incumbent Petro Poroshenko who tried to rally Ukrainians around the flag by casting himself as a bulwark against Russian aggression and a champion of Ukrainian identity.

Poroshenko said the results were "clear" and a reason to "call my opponent and congratulate him", after exit polls showed the performer taking 73 percent of the vote.

"I will leave office but I want to firmly stress -- I will not quit politics," he added.

Zelensky vowed to "reboot" peace talks with separatists that also involve Russia and the West.

"In any case we will act within the Normandy framework, we will continue with the Minsk talks, we will reboot them," Zelensky told a news conference.

"I think we will have personnel changes there," he added.