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Man Charged in New York Truck Attack Pleads not Guilty

Man Charged in New York Truck Attack Pleads not Guilty

Thursday, 30 November, 2017 - 14:15
Sayfullo Habibullahevic Saipov, the suspected driver who killed eight people in New York. Photo: AFP / St. Charles County Dept. of Corrections

The Uzbek immigrant accused of killing eight people in a truck rampage in New York on Halloween pleaded innocent Tuesday to murder and other charges.

Sayfullo Saipov was present in court before US District Judge Vernon Broderick but his lawyer David Patton spoke on his behalf.

Saipov, 29, has said he acted in the name of the ISIS terrorist group.

He faced a 22-count indictment that includes charges of murder and provision of material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

He appeared in court wearing a dark blue prison uniform. His feet were chained together, but not his hands.

He appeared to have recovered from the shot he took in the abdomen from the police officer who arrested him after the attack.

Saipov allegedly drove a rented pickup truck down a 1.6km stretch of bike path in lower Manhattan, where children and their parents were preparing to celebrate Halloween.

Of the eight people killed, five were friends from Argentina celebrating 30 years since their high school graduation. Twelve other people were hurt.

The Oct 31 attack was the worst in the US financial capital since the Sept 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda plane hijackings that brought down the Twin Towers.

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