New York City Muslim terrorist, Sayfullo Saipov, was interviewed in 2015 by Federal agents about possible ties to suspected terrorists, but the agents did not have enough evidence to open a case on him.
ABC NewsSaipov was listed as a “point of contact” for two men whose were listed in a Department of Homeland Security counterterrorism database and later overstayed their tourist visas, one federal official told ABC News. One was merely flagged after arriving from a so-called “threat country,” while the other vanished and was being actively sought by federal agents as a “suspected terrorist.”
The FBIhas since located him and he is not believed to have been involved in Tuesday’s attack.
“Amid losses in #Iraq and #Syria, #ISIS has ramped up calls for supporters to perform attacks in the #US, among other Western nations,” Katz wrote in multiple posts on Twitter in the wake of the attack in New York City. “#ISIS media regularly pushes #NYC attacks … #ISIS supporters celebrating #Manhattan attack.”