Ali Soufan Interviewed by The Straits Times: Trail of Broken Bikes, Bodies in Just Minutes
November 2, 2017

Trail of Broken Bikes, Bodies in Just Minutes

The Straits Times
Host: Nirmal Ghosh


It took a few split seconds before anyone understood what was happening as they watched a truck pick up speed on a busy bicycle path, smashing cyclists and leaving a trail of mangled bikes and bodies on Tuesday afternoon.

The truck continued to mow down anyone and anything in its path until it came to a halt after colliding with a school bus, which left two adults and two children inside injured …

The driver, Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old from Uzbekistan who holds a green card, lives in New Jersey with his wife and three children …

Uzbekistan has never been included in a list of Muslim-majority countries whose people the Trump administration has attempted to block from entering the US.

Regardless, most experts say banning travel to the US from select countries will do nothing to stop people who are already in the US from being radicalized.

“This ideology… does not require a visa or go through airports,” Mr Ali Soufan, the New York-based chief executive of The Soufan Group, told The Straits Times. “As long as we have people who are attracted and inspired by it, we’re going to have a threat …”


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