Zoobia Shahnaz, a 27-year-old Long Island woman, was charged in federal court with money laundering this Thursday. She defrauded numerous financial institutions, obtained more than $85,000 through Bitcoin and transferred the money to support the Islamic State.
Sayfullo Saipov, a 29 year-old man from Uzbekistan, in the US on a Diversity visa, used a Home Depot rental pickup truck as a weapon, driving onto crowded a bike path. Eight people were killed, and 12 more injured. Saipov was shot in the abdomen by a police officer. Saipov was residing in Paterson, New Jersey since 2010, and has also lived in Florida and Ohio. Saipov had a printout of an ISIS flag in the vehicle, and handwritten papers in English and Arabic, pledging his allegiance to ISIS were also found. From his hospital bed, he has said he “felt good” about the attack, and asked for an ISIS flag. He is being held without bail in a Federal holding facility. His public defender said Saipov was in a “significant amount of pain” and requested that he get medical care.
29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov deliberately drove into the bike path in Lower Manhattan killing at least 8 and injuring over a dozen people. New York City mayor Blasio said "This is a very painful day in our city, Based on the information we had at this moment, this was an act of terror, a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians."
On Christmas day, 2009, a Nigerian national on board a Northwest airlines flight enroute to Detroit, Michigan from Amsterdam, Holland attempted to kill himself and everyone onboard by detonating an explosive device. He was wearing underwear which contained PETN, an explosive compound. The device malfunctioned and other passengers subdued him. He was subsequently sentenced to multiple life sentences. He is bringing a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the US attorney General, asserting that his constitutional rights are being violated by confinement to a SHU (Special Housing Unit) where very high risk prisoners, such as terrorists, are held in isolation.
Michael Christopher Estes had been criminally charged after it is alleged he brought an explosive device to Ashville NC regional airport. The device was set to detonate 6:00 PM Friday. Estes was seen on video surveillance cameras 12:30 AM Friday, first carrying a bag, then going out of sight of the video camera, and reappearing without the bag. A bomb sniffing K-9 alerted on the device, and an on-site test by a TSA agent confirmed that the device contained the explosive compound Ammonium nitrate. Estes waived his right to remain silent and indicated that he purchased the components of the device at a Walmart and Lowes, planted the device at the airport, and his intentions were to “fight a war on US soil”.