New York “terrorist” charged; Trump seeks death penalty

Nov 02, 2017, 6:44 AM EDT
Sayfullo Saipov, the man suspected of killing eight people in New York.
(Source: Michael Thielen/flickr)

U.S. President Donald Trump has demanded death penalty for the IS-inspired Uzbek immigrant, who rammed a truck into the pedestrians on a bike lane in Lower Manhattan killing eight people on Tuesday.

Trump’s tweet came as fresh reports claim that the attacker was inspired by terror organization Islamic State and had been planning for the rampage for a year, notes the BBC.

Sayfullo Saipov has been slapped with federal charges related to terrorism, which means that he can be awarded capital punishment if the government seeks death penalty, writes Reuters. The investigators are also questioning a second Uzbek immigrant in connection with the attack.