An Uzbek immigrant accused of a deadly truck attack on a New York cycle path has been charged with providing material support to a terrorist group and violence and destruction of motor vehicles.
Suspect Sayfullo Saipov was charged on Wednesday in a criminal complaint following the Tuesday afternoon attack that killed eight people near the World Trade Centre.
He appeared in the New York federal courthouse in a wheelchair, handcuffed and with his feet shackled, and was ordered to be detained.
His lawyers said they were not seeking bail, and Saipov did not enter a plea. A judge set his next court date for November 15.
Federal prosecutors say the man was “consumed by hate and a twisted ideology” when he attacked people on the cycle path on Tuesday.
He is charged with providing material support to the Islamic State terrorist group.
Prosecutors say he was stopped by a “brave” police officer, who shot and wounded him Tuesday. They say he had been planning the attack for months.
The FBI had said earlier on Wednesday that another person was wanted for questioning over the attack that left at least 12 people injured.