Assessing Sayfullo Saipov’s Vehicular Terrorist Attack, New York City, October 31, 2017

By Dr. Joshua Sinai

This article assesses Sayfullo Saipov’s vehicular ramming attack in New York City, on October 31, 2017 as a case study of how a lone actor terrorist carries out an attack and the pre-incident phases that could have prevented it if some of those who came into contact with him had contacted the appropriate authorities to preempt him during the formative pre-incident phases. To examine these issues, the article discusses the incident, the attacker’s biographical background, ...