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New York truck terror suspect pleads not guilty

Sayfullo Saipov in court. He allegedly drove a truck down a bike path, killing eight and injuring 11. (Photo credit: Shirley Shepard)

MANHATTAN — The man who allegedly drove a truck down a Manhattan bike path killing eight pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday.

Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old man who arrived in the United States in 2010 from Uzbekistan, was arrested after people were run over by a vehicle Oct. 31 in a midday attack that authorities called terrorism. Investigators say he chose the date to target Halloween crowds.

He allegedly crashed into people on a West Side Highway pedestrian/bike path, killing eight and injuring 11. Saipov got out of a rented Home Depot truck brandishing two fake gun sand yelled “Allahu Akbar,” which is Arabic for God is great.

He was hit with a 22-count indictment on Nov. 21. The indictment includes charges that Saipov provided material support to the Islamic State group.

Saipov is scheduled to be back in court on Jan. 23.