Another day, another terrorist attack. Young radical men claiming allegiance to ISIS have been driving vehicles into crowds for months in Europe, and now the strategy has been brought to American soil.
Eight people were killed and roughly a dozen injured after Uzbek national Sayfullo Saipov drove a rented truck through a bicycle lane, folks are rightly asking why we didn’t know about this guy.
Well, turns out we did. Records already have revealed that Saipov was interviewed by the Feds fully two years ago.
And yet for some reason, he wasn’t being monitored for possible radicalization.
Despite this, folks on the left are still arguing we need to bring in more refugees.
Here’s more from ABC News…
The suspected New York City attacker, Sayfullo Saipov, was interviewed in 2015 by federal agents about possible ties to suspected terrorists, but the agents did not have enough evidence to open a case on him, laws enforcement officials tell ABC News.
Saipov was listed as a “point of contact” for two men whose were listed in a Department of Homeland Security counterterrorism database and later overstayed their tourist visas, one federal official told ABC News. One was merely flagged after arriving from a so-called “threat country,” while the other vanished and was being actively sought by federal agents as a “suspected terrorist.”
An official told ABC News that the FBI has since located him and he is not believed to have been involved in Tuesday’s attack.
Speaking on Wednesday, President Donald Trump noted that Saipov had served as the “point of contact” for 23 people. A source confirmed that number to ABC News but said it is unclear if those people are “immediate family members, distant family members, or friends.” Only those two men, however, were listed in the database.
Saipov, 29, came to the United States from Uzbekistan through a Diversity Visa Program lottery in 2010, making him a legal permanent resident of the United States upon arrival. He has lived in Ohio, Florida and, most recently, Paterson, N.J., where federal agents interviewed Saipov in 2015.
Authorities say Saipov claimed in a handwritten note found near his truck that he carried out Tuesday’s attack, which killed eight people on a bike path on the West Side of Manhattan, on behalf of the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS. The terror group has not claimed responsibility for the attack, but according to Rita Katz of the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks the online activity of jihadist organizations, the attack “fits [the] style” of recent suspected ISIS-inspired attack throughout Europe.