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ISIS claims NY attacker 'soldier'; Trump calls for death penalty

ISIS claims NY attacker 'soldier'; Trump calls for death penalty

Trump is taunting the Islamic State group as he promises retaliation: "They claimed him as a solider, good luck". Saipov told U.S. officials he was proud of killing eight people and injuring at least 11 others, and he also requested an IS flag be put up in his hospital room.

Prosecutors unveiled the charges, saying he had waived his rights and confessed to being inspired by IS propaganda, after yelling "Allahu akbar" ("God is greatest" in Arabic) upon exiting a rented pickup truck in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday.

Ultimately, Saipov sped down a bike path on a riverfront esplanade in a rented truck for almost a mile Tuesday, running down cyclists and pedestrians, before crashing into a school bus, authorities said. The two fake guns Saipov was allegedly carrying were identified as a paintball gun and a pellet gun.

Sayfullo Saipov, who was shot by NYPD Officer Ryan Nash during the attack, made his first court appearance on Wednesday evening in a wheelchair.

On Thursday, mourners gathered to hold a vigil for the victims of the attack that also left 13 people injured. Prosecutors announced federal terrorism charges against Saipov late Wednesday, which means he can get the death penalty if convicted - even though NY state has no death penalty.

A married father of three and former commercial truck and ride-hailing driver, Saipov began planning an attack a year ago and settled on a truck assault a couple of months ago, according to the criminal complaint.

Outside court, Saipov's attorney said he hoped "everyone lets the judicial process play out". Saipov told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he practiced maneuvering trucks for a few weeks.

Saipov was charged with providing material support to a terrorist group and committing violence and destruction of motor vehicles, resulting in death.

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.

"Mr. President, we all know he should get the death penalty". Trump said there was something "appropriate" about keeping Saipov where he committed the crime, and tweeted, "Should move fast". The plan was carried out on Halloween because he believed there would be more people on the street, investigators said. 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. BEFORE THE ATTACKOfficials say Saipov entered the United States through JFK Airport from Uzbekistan in 2010.