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Updated On: Monday, 19 February 2018

Uzbeks Express Shock, Send Condolences Over NYC Attack

Content by: Voice of America

Uzbeks condemned Tuesday's terror attack in New York City, saying it does not represent who they are.

But there also was a warning that more attacks could follow from fundamentalists who have been radicalized by repression at home or have been unable to assimilate after moving to the United States.

"We deplore what happened in New York," said Norkhoja Sodiqov of the Vatandosh Uzbek-American Federation in New York. "This act of terror does not represent who we are as Uzbeks. We are peace-loving, hardworking and compassionate people, who are here because we want a better life."

Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who moved from Uzbekistan to the United States in 2010, was identified as the man who drove a truck down a pedestrian and bicycle path in Manhattan, killing at least eight people and injuring others.

"He did this in the name of ISIS, and along with the other items recovered at the scene was some notes that further indicate that," said John Miller, deputy commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism of the NYPD, using an acronym for Islamic State. "He appears to have followed almost exactly to a 'T' the instructions that ISIS has put out in its social media channels before with instructions to their followers on how to carry out such an attack."

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