The terrorist responsible for killing eight people and wounding twelve Tuesday in Manhattan is awake and speaking to police — and he's very proud of what he's done, law enforcement says.
According to police, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, the 29-year-old who jumped a curb with his rental truck and plowed through pedestrians and cyclists on a bike trail on New York City's Lower East Side, says he planned to continue mowing people over, except that he crashed.
He also, reportedly, told authorities that he was "pleased" with both his actions and the results of his attack, and that he was "unapologetic" for murdering eight people. A source close to the New York Police Department said Saipov made "no bones" about his role in the attack.
Investigators also told reporters Wednesday afternoon that Saipov had several knives with him in the cab of the truck, and that they discovered "10 to 15 pieces of paper with writing in Arabic praising the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria," likely meant for authorities who captured or killed Saipov after his attack.
One note, police say, said "ISIS will endure."
Authorities revealed late Tuesday that Saipov is a green card holder who emigrated to the United States from Uzbekistan in 2010. Acquaintances told BBC News that Saipov came to the U.S. without any knowledge of the Koran, and that he was "not well educated," but after losing his job and becoming depressed, he began seeking out information on radical Islam on the Internet.
"Because of his radical views he frequently used to argue with other Uzbeks and moved to Florida. From then onwards I lost contact with him," his friend told BBC.