Published: Thu, November 30, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Man pleads not guilty to charges over NY vehicle attack

Man pleads not guilty to charges over NY vehicle attack

A man accused of killing eight people and injuring about a dozen others after driving a truck through a crowded bicycle and pedestrian path in Manhattan last month pleaded not guilty to murder and terrorism-related charges.

Sayfullo Habibullahevic Saipov, the suspectecd driver who killed eight people in NY.

Sayfullo Saipov, 29, briefly appeared in a federal court in NY on Tuesday for his arraignment on a 22-count indictment, Xinhua news agency reported. A court-appointed lawyer representing him, David Patton, declined to comment on the case after the hearing.

Authorities say Saipov, a resident of Paterson, New Jersey, killed eight people with a truck attack near the World Trade Centre. He was then hospitalised when he was shot by a police officer and subsequently arrested.

The most serious charges against Saipov carry the death penalty.

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Five of the victims of the attack were Argentinians, who were part of a group in New York to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation, while other three were from Belgium, New York and New Jersey.

According to the indictment, Saipov allegedly told authorities he was inspired to carry out the attack by IS videos he had watched on his phone.

Saipov moved to the United States legally in 2010 from Uzbekistan.

The crashed vehicle used to kill eight people on a NY cycle lane.

Five of the victims were Argentinian and part of a group in NY to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation.

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