The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria () claimed responsibility for the terror attack carried out by on Tuesday. He used a rented Home Depot pickup truck to plow down pedestrians and cyclists in lower Manhattan on Halloween .
ISIS’ announcement Thursday was published by the militant group’s weekly newspaper, but they did not offer any evidence to back up their claim.
It is known that police found knives and notes praising ISIS, and according to court documents, two cellphones were also recovered.
A law enforcement source tells CBS News authorities “tracked the numbers on the phones and have linked them to ‘sympathizers of a radical cause’ who were already on ‘New York police radar.'” The source says Saipov made calls to someone of those numbers “the day of the attack.”
Saipov, a 29-year-old native of Uzbekistan, was charged with providing material support to a terrorist organization and using a vehicle to cause violence. Investigators say Saipov was inspired by ISIS to carry out the attack, the deadliest in New York since 9/11. The use of a truck to run over civilians closely mirrors similar attacks that have plagued Europe. ISIS has posted instructions and urged its followers to carry out such an attack on its propaganda channels online.
Saipov is said to have rented a pickup truck from a Home Depot in New Jersey before driving into Manhattan to carry out the attack. He traveled for nearly a mile down a bike lane next to the West Side Highway, coming to a stop only after he slammed into a school bus. He then exited the vehicle carrying a black bag, a pellet gun and a paintball gun, yelling “God is great” in Arabic. Saipov was soon shot by a police officer and taken into custody.
Sources close to the investigation say an associate of Saipov who they were looking for,, has now retained a lawyer and is set to be questioned by authorities on Friday.
CBS News’ Stefan Becket contributed to this report.
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