New York City: 'Uzbekistan not unknown for underlying problem with Islamic extremism', says security expert

New York City: 'Uzbekistan is not unknown for underlying problem with Islamic extremism', says security expert

Will Geddes spoke to Julia about the suspect in the attack in Manhattan

Thursday, November 2, 2017

 A leading security expert has pointed out Uzbekistan is "not unknown" for problems relating to Islamic extremism. 

The suspected attacker behind the incident in New York on Tuesday was named as Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old national from Uzbekistan. 

Eight people were killed and at least 11 people injured after a truck was driven into pedestrians in lower Manhattan. 

Will Geddes said the country was not immune to the problems caused by Islamic extremism. 

He told Julia: "There are a number of incidents Uzbek nationals have been involved in. 

"At the beginning of this year, there was the nightclub shooting in Istanbul on New Year’s Eve.

"Prior to that there was a bomb at the metro in St Petersburg which killed 14 people, a truck attack on a street in Stockholm which killed four.

“Uzbekistan is not unknown for this problem with an underlying Islamic extremism following."

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