New York attack suspect charged with providing support to Islamic State

People gather in Foley Square during a vigil for the victims of the West Side Highway pickup attack in Manhattan, New York, U.S. November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

By Gina Cherelus and Barbara Goldberg-NEW YORK (Reuters) – An Uzbek immigrant suspected of killing eight people in New York City by ploughing a truck into cyclists and pedestrians on a bike path was charged in federal court on Wednesday with acting on behalf of the militant group Islamic State.

The suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who was hospitalised after a police officer shot and arrested him, ending Tuesday’s rampage, confessed to authorities while in custody that he began planning the attack a year ago, according to the criminal complaint filed against him.

A damaged school bus is seen at the scene of a pickup truck attack in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 31, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. Sebastian Sobczak via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MUST ON SCREEN COURTESY SEBASTIAN SOBCZAK

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