Nov 2, 2017

Crikey Worm: NYC killer radicalised in the US

Good morning, early birds. Police reveal more details about the man who killed eight people in a terror attack in lower Manhattan, and another one bites the dust in the ongoing citizenship saga. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Max Chalmers

Freelance journalist


The driver who killed eight people when he sped onto a cycling path in New York City was radicalised in America, according to police. Sayfullo Saipov, who migrated to the Unites States from Uzbekistan in 2010, hired a ute one hour before the attack, which he is believed to have been preparing for weeks.

Saipov entered the country after winning a green card lottery, which randomly assigns work permits to a small number of applicants from around the world. In tweets, US President Donald Trump blamed the Democratic Party for the scheme, specifically naming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Asked by a reporter whether Saipov should be sent to Guantanamo Bay, Trump responded: "Send him to Gitmo. I would certainly consider it."

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