CNN anchor Jake Tapper said the Islamic phrase “Allahu akbar” can be said “under the most beautiful of circumstances” just minutes after a terrorist attack in New York City.
Suspect Sayfullo Saipov allegedly slammed a truck into bikers and pedestrians Tuesday afternoon near lower Manhattan’s West Side Highway, killing 8 and injuring at least 11.
Saipov reportedly yelled “Allahu akbar” – Arabic for “God is great” – after crashing the truck before an NYPD officer was able to shoot him.
“The Arabic chant ‘Allahu Akbar,’ God is great, sometimes is said under the most beautiful of circumstances. And too often, we hear it being said in moments like this,” Tapper said on “The Lead.”