The suspect in Tuesday's terrorist attack in Manhattan, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, has shown no remorse and instead was boasting about his actions while being questioned by authorities, NBC News reported Wednesday.
Eight people were killed and 11 others were seriously injured in the attack when Saipov mowed them down in his truck. Saipov was shot and wounded by police after he crashed into a school bus and then got out of the vehicle with two imitation guns, shouting, "God is Great," in Arabic.
A senior official said Saipov, a 29-year-old native of Uzbekistan, had not been on the radar of the authorities, although his name did come up as a "possible associate" of a suspect, but there was never any proof to open a case file on him.
CBS News reported Saipov said he would have continued the attack had he not crashed into the school bus and that he was "very pleased" with his actions.
Investigators questioning Saipov told the Daily Mail that he also appeared to be proud of what he had done.
Police discovered in the truck that Saipov used in the attack some knives and about a dozen pieces of paper with writing in Arabic praising the Islamic State, with one note declaring "ISIS Will Endure."
The notes, along with the type of attack, appear to adhere to instructions issued to followers of ISIS in the West, The National reported.
The November issue of Rumiyah, ISIS's magazine, gave instructions for carrying out an attack with a vehicle, including how best to ensure ISIS gets the credit by writing on dozens of sheets of paper in the vehicle, "The Islamic State will remain!" or "I am a soldier of the Islamic State!"
Saipov was reportedly known to have read ISIS propaganda.
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