New York truck attack suspect faces 22 charges
New York: The US Attorney's office has announced that a grand jury has decided to charge the New York terror attack suspect with 22 counts after he killed eight persons on Halloween.
Sayfullo Saipov also injured 12 others as he mowed down a bike path on October 31, Efe news reported.
The jury charged Saipov with eight counts of murder and 12 counts of attempted murder, one count of providing or attempting to provide material support to the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) and another count of violence and destruction of a motor vehicle, the prosecution said in a statement. The 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant, who currently remains in prison, was shot and arrested by police after committing multiple hit-and-run attacks in lower Manhattan.
He was initially charged with two counts: one of providing resources and material support to the IS, and the other of violence and destruction of a vehicle, but these charges have now been extended to 22. During the trial process, evidence is sent to a grand jury, which has the authority to drop or extend charges against a felony suspect, which occurred in this case. Saipov, resident of the neighboring state of New Jersey, arrived in the US in March 2010.