Updated: 02/11/17 : 06:37:52Printable Version
The New York City terror attack suspect told detectives he planned to continue his killing spree across Brooklyn Bridge, prosecutors say.Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov said he wanted to kill as many pedestrians as possible and carried out the atrocity on Halloween as there would be more people on the street, according to court documents.
Prosecutors say the 29-year-old Uzbek national waved his right to silence, told officers he was inspired by Islamic State videos and said he felt good about what he had done.
He also requested permission to display an IS flag next to his hospital bed, documents filed by FBI agent Amber Tyree say.
Saipov has appeared in court shackled in a wheelchair, charged with killing eight people and providing material support to IS.He was shot in the stomach by a, Irish American police officer, Ryan Nash, after allegedly driving a rented truck down a crowded cycle path.
Police say Saipov crashed into a school bus and yelled "Allahu Akbar" - Arabic for "God is greatest" - as he got out of the truck armed with two imitation guns and three knives.
The charges state: "Approximately one year ago, Saipov began planning an attack in the US and approximately two months ago decided to use a truck in order to inflict maximum damage against civilians.
"In particular, Saipov was motivated to commit the attack after viewing a video in which (IS leader) Abu Bakr al Baghdadi questioned what Muslims in the US and elsewhere were doing to respond to the killing of Muslims in Iraq."
Earlier, NYPD deputy commissioner of counter-terrorism John Miller said Saipov left handwritten notes at the scene of the truck rampage which said "Islamic State will endure forever".
President Trump has described the suspect as an "animal" who "brought in... other people" to the US and was "the main point of contact for 23 people".
Mr Trump said he would consider sending the suspected terrorist to Guantanamo Bay and vowed to dismantle the diversity immigrant visa programme, which he says allowed Saipov to immigrate to the US in 2010.
The atrocity was New York City's worst terror attack since 9/11.