America on Alert – Terror Returns to Lower Manhattan
November 4, 2017
Between Oct. 31 – Nov 2, the following related Flash SMS messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:
11/2 – ISIS formally claims responsibility for Manhattan vehicular attack, says suspect a “Soldier of the Caliphate” in latest issue of Al-Naba magazine.
11/1 – NYPD: 8/31 suspect planned attack for weeks, carried out in the name of ISIS. Expect expanded security in run up to and during 11/5 NYC Marathon. See email.
10/31(e) – AlertsUSA reminds subscribers that on 8/23, we warned of ISIS social media sharing pic of hand holding iPhone w ISIS flag & NYC skyline in bground. See email.
10/31(d) – NYC Mayor: “This was an act of terror aimed at innocent civilians.” 8 fatalities, multiple injuries. Extensive add’l deployments of NYPD tonight. Monitoring…
10/31(c) – Eyewitnesses report rented truck mowed down at least two on bike path, then smashed into school bus. Suspect in custody was shot by police.
10/31(b) – Incident near West Street & Chambers. NYPD confirms one shooter in custody. Multiple victims, some mowed down by vehicle on bike path.
10/31(a) – AlertsUSA monitoring response to active shooter report, Lower West Side of Manhattan. Multiple injuries. Add’l info forthcoming.
What You Need To Know
On Tuesday AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of reports of an active shooter in the Lower West Side of Manhattan. As details began to emerge soon thereafter, it turns out the shots were fired by police after a truck was driven down a pedestrian walkway and bike path, intentionally running over pedestrians and bikers before slamming into the side of a school bus. The driver, 26 year old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, exited the vehicle brandishing imitation firearms and was shot in the abdomen by an NYPD officer.
Eight people were killed and at least nine injured in the attack.
According to DHS, Saipov is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Uzbekistan who entered the country in 2010 on a diversity visa. New York authorities report Saipov frequented/liked/commented on social media accounts containing material related to the Islamic State.
Following the suspects arrest and initial treatment at Bellevue Hospital, Saipov was interviewed by law enforcement and revealed the following:
1. He was inspired to carry out this particular type of attack by Islamic State videos.
2. He intended to use the truck to strike pedestrians along the West Side Highway, then proceed to the Brooklyn Bridge to continue the attack.
3. He wanted to display Islamic State flags on the truck but decided against it as it would draw undue attention.
4. During the police interview he requested to displays the Islamic State flag in his room and stated he felt good about what he had done.
5. He began planning the attack approximately one year ago.
6. Specifically chose to strike on Halloween because he believed there would be more civilians on the street for the holiday,
These and other statements can be read within the official federal complaint available HERE (PDF).
During the investigation, handwritten material was recovered near the suspects truck expressing affinity for the Islamic State and and the fact that the group would endure forever.
According to the FBI, one of Saipov’s cellphones contained 90 videos and approximately 4000 still images, most of which was ISIS-related propaganda, torture shots, etc..
Readers are reminded that on November 11th of 2016, AlertsUSA warned subscribers of the release of a new issue of the Islamic State’s Internet magazine known as ‘Rumiyah’ (Rome) calling on Muslims to carry out more vehicular attacks similar to that which occurred in Nice, France on 7/16.
Readers are also reminded that on August 23rd of this year, AlertsUSA warned subscribers of the release of an image on Islamic State social media channels showing a hand holding an iPhone showing the ISIS flag w/ the NYC skyline in background, along with a warning that ISIS supporters are in the U.S..
AlertsUSA again warns readers that the Islamic State continues to call on supporters in the West to carry out more vehicular-style attacks and has previously highlighted Thanksgiving Day parades as an ideal target. If public events of this type are in your upcoming holiday plans, it behooves you to be security minded, to not position yourself in vulnerable locations and to maintain a high level of vigilance and awareness.
AlertsUSA continues to monitor the overall domestic and international threat environment, and will immediately notify service subscribers via SMS messages of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.
OTHER SMS ALERTS FROM THIS WEEK
NOT DETAILED IN THIS NEWSLETTER ISSUE
11/2 – Antifa and other leftist orgs planning protests and demonstrations in more than 20 cities across the US on 11/4. Violence and hooliganism expected. See email.
11/2 – Thornton Colorado Police Dept report two men dead, one woman injured in Walmart store shooting. No details released about the circumstances of the incident.
11/1(c) – AlertsUSA monitoring response to reported mass casualty shooting, Walmart, 9900 Grant Street, Thornton, Colorado (N. of Denver). Add’l alerts as warranted.
11/1(b) – London Black Cab reported to have driven onto sidewalk and crashed into a crowd. Numerous injuries reported. Heavy police presence. Add’l alerts as warranted.
11/1(a) – AlertsUSA monitoring reports of possible vehicular attack near Covent Gardens in London. Add’l information shortly.
10/31(b) – AlertsUSA monitoring reports of active shooter on Randall Avenue in the Bronx. At least 4 injured. Suspect at large. Add’l alerts as warranted.
10/31(a) – Overnight: Japanese media rpts ~200 workers killed at DPRK Punggye-ri nuclear test facility during collapse of new blast tunnel under construction.
10/30(b) – Shallow M 7.0 earthquake, Loyalty Islands, S. Pacific. At present, no tsunami warnings or alerts for U.S. territories or CONUS. AlertsUSA monitoring…
10/30(a) – Dir. of Korea Meteorological Admin warns gov that another DPRK nuclear detonation could trigger collapse of mountain site and release of radioactive material.
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