FBI Updates NY Terror Probe While Trump Calls For Death Penalty

(SL) – Federal officials say they found a man wanted for questioning in connection with the New York City terror attack. During a briefing Wednesday the FBI didn’t elaborate on the man, who like the suspect, Sayfullo Saipov is from Uzbekistan. Nor did the FBI say whether the man has given them information.

CBS News says it heard from a high-ranking official that the man is a friend of Saipov and may not have a role at all in the attack. Saipov is accused of plowing his truck into pedestrians and cyclists on a Manhattan bike path Tuesday, killing eight people.

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Federal prosecutors filed terrorism charges against Saipov yesterday. CBS News says he was known to the FBI because his name came up in previous counter-terrorism investigations. An intelligence source says Saipov had contact with individuals who were considered radicalized extremists, including one from Uzbekistan.

In the meantime, President Trump is repeating his calls for the suspect in the New York Halloween terror attack to be put to death. Trump took to Twitter this morning and once again posted “DEATH PENALTY!” in all caps.

He wrote that he’d love to send the suspect, an Uzbek immigrant, to Guantanamo Bay, but that course of action would take too long. He added that it’s probably appropriate to keep him in New York, where he’s accused of killing eight people with a truck and injuring around a dozen others.

The suspect is facing federal terrorism charges. Prosecutors said he left a note at the scene that had Arabic phrases that are frequently associated with ISIS.

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