New York City faced an all too familiar scene today just blocks from where the World Trade Center once stood and woke everyone up to the reality of terrorism in the homeland. Just hours ago, a drive mowed down bikers on an otherwise average, sunny Tuesday afternoon and the media is already scrambling to hide who he was and what his intentions were just hours ago. However, there’s no ignoring what he left behind in the street and it’s really bad.
The driver, who is now in custody and his name and identity is being withheld by authorities, didn’t seem intoxicated or distracted when he saw several bike riders and swerved to hit them. His intentionality became clear when he got out of the car and fired shots at them while yelling the Islamic battle cry when committing an act of terror – “Allah Akbar,” Zero Hedge reported. Now we know what else the mainstream media doesn’t want getting out about this obvious act of terrorism and it’s what was found on the scene.
According to Zero Hedge:
In an attack that bears some of the hallmarks of terror attacks that have unfolded in the UK,Spain and France, a truck veered into the West Side Highway bike lane Tuesday afternoon and mowed down cyclists and pedestrians, leaving as many as six dead and up to 15 injured near Chambers Street and West Street. The as-yet-unidentified suspect has reportedly been taken into custody after being shot by police, according to the New York Times.
Police said the suspect may have shouted Allahu Akbar before the attack, according to several witnesses.
NBC is reporting that shots were fired at the scene, but it’s unclear if those shots were fired by police responding to the incident or the attacker. The vehicle also collided with a school bus carrying students from Stuyvesant High School. There were reports that the suspect fired shots from his truck, but these reports could not be immediately confirmed. Police say they are not looking for additional suspects. Several nearby buildings, including Stuyvesant High, were placed under lockdown. The FBI’s New York field office is also responding. The attack occurrred at 3:15 pm Eastern Time.
NBC is reporting that the driver fired a paintball gun or a bb gun before driving the truck into pedestrians. NBC has confirmed that the incident was a deliberate attack.
One witness told the New York Post the suspect got out of his vehicle and was armed with two guns.
CBS is reporting that police are treating the incident as a terrorist attack:
“What happened was there was a car crash … he came out of one of the cars. He had two guns,” a 14-year-old Stuyvesant High School student said. “We thought it was a Halloween thing. He started running around the highway. There was another guy in a green shirt that was chasing him around.”
“I heard four to six gunshots — everybody starts running,” she added.
Here is video of the Muslim terrorist running around with what appears to be a gun in his hand.
Eyewitness to NYC truck attack says alleged suspect “sprinted toward the group of kids” after crashing onto bike path and hitting school bus pic.twitter.com/Sbqt4h7OYS
— ABC News (@ABC) October 31, 2017
Update: According to NewJersey.com, the Muslim terrorist is Sayfullo Saipov from Uzbekistan where Islam is the dominant religion.
This wasn’t a “car accident” it was a lone wolf attack after following recent orders from the Islamic State. The driver followed a specific plan of attack that the terrorist organization encouraged, specifically using a U Haul truck, which was his first weapon in this act of terrorism, as was found in the street, feet from the dead bodies.
The Daily Mail previously reported of this mode of operation which we have now seen come to fruition today:
ISIS is encouraging lone jihadists to use trucks as weapons to target large-scale events like Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
The instructions, which give insight on how to inflict the greatest destruction, are included in the latest edition of the Islamic State’s new English-language magazine Rumiyah.
The terror group said an average truck would not arouse suspicion and could inflict more damage than a regular military fighter.
“The method of such an attack is that a vehicle is plunged at a high speed into a large congregation of (non-believers)… and leaving behind a trail of carnage,” the article said.
“Vehicles are like knives as they are extremely easy to acquire. But unlike knives, which if found in one’s possession can be a cause for suspicion, vehicles arouse absolutely no doubts due to their widespread use throughout the world. Though being an essential part of modern life, very few actually comprehend the deadly and destructive capability of the motor vehicle.”
Rumiyah stated that heavy, large, load-bearing trucks would be ideal – and to avoid small cars and large SUVs.
What’s truly terrifying is that this is probably the first of more like attacks expected in the coming weeks, with specific refgards to the next holiday, Thanksgiving. The instructions from ISIS make specific mention of this.
“The article included a photo of a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York with the caption: ‘An excellent target,’ as well as listing political rallies, outdoor markets and festivals,” the Daily Mail added. “It was targeted towards lone-wolf attackers and advised the jihadists to determine the best way to let people know the attack was being carried out by the Islamic State.”
It’s time to call this what it is, another act of terrorism on our soil. Luckily we have a different Commander-in-Chief in office now who will act swiftly in response to this and without apology.