New York City terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov was out of surgery Wednesday morning, and is expected to survive after he was shot by NYPD officers during a truck rampage that killed eight people in Lower Manhattan.
Investigators said they were able to talk with Saipov. It’s unclear what, if anything, investigators learned from him. Though, one official told ABC News he was “proud” of the attack.
They added that the suspect followed instructions for a truck attack that were distributed by ISIS “to a T” and had planned the attack for weeks. Saipov allegedly left behind a handwritten note written in Arabic that translates roughly to: “The Islamic State will endure forever.”
The location of the attack along the West Side Highway, where police said Saipov intentionally mowed down pedestrians on the bike path with a rental truck, is now a focus of the investigation.
Investigators spent the overnight hours collecting video and still images from traffic and surveillance cameras along the route of the attack.
Those images show Saipov drove carefully and at moderate speed until he enters the jogging path at Houston Street and accelerates.
Investigators believe that suggests he knew where he wanted to begin the attack, and they are now going through toll records and other digital records to see if Saipov had scoped out the location beforehand.
Officials say Saipov entered the United States through JFK Airport from Uzbekistan in 2010. He came under what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Program,’ which offers a lottery for people from countries with few immigrants in America.
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