“Soldier of the Caliphate”: ISIS Claims Responsibility For Manhattan Terror Attack

On Thursday evening, terror expert Rita Katz tweeted ISIS claimed responsibility for the Manhattan terror attack, according to Naba Magazine. The terror group claims Sayfullo Saipov is a “Soldier of the Caliphate.” 

“Breaking: First official statement by about claiming attacker “Soldier of the Caliphate” in its Naba magazine,” tweeted Katz.

“The Islamic State has just issued its weekly newsletter and in it they describe the Manhattan attacker as a “soldier of the caliphate,” reported Rukmini Callimachi‏.

On Tuesday, Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbek national granted a green card in 2010 under the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program,” killed 8 people and injured 12 more in New York City’s deadliest terror attack since 9/11.

According to ABC News, Saipov was charged with with supporting ISIS and violence and destruction of a motor vehicle. Saipov verbally waived Miranda rights while at a hospital as he told officers Islamic State videos inspired him. A press conference will be held at 5:45 ET to announce federal terrorism charges against Saipov.

Law enforcement’s criminal complaint states Saipov asked to have an ISIS flag displayed in his hospital room.

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