A man allegedly stabbed an officer from the New York Police Department (NYPD) and yelled “Allahu Akbar” as he attacked his victim, according to a video released by the NYPD Saturday.
Earlier this week, 1 of our officers was stabbed in the neck without warning while protecting NYers. This was not a chance encounter—it was a planned assassination attempt on an NYPD police officer.
It's only by sheer luck that this didn't have a drastically different outcome. pic.twitter.com/BG4YO849H4
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 6, 2020
An officer quickly rushed to the aid of the wounded cop, Officer Yayonfrant Jean Pierre, and asked if he has been stabbed. Pierre replied, “yeah,” before cops reported the attack.
Responding officers shot Camovic, a Serbian immigrant, eight times. Police said two other cops at the scene were shot as well.
Pierre, a Haitian immigrant, is recovering from his injuries at home, according to relatives.
Camovic, who screamed “Allahu Akbar,” which means “God is Great” in Arabic, was charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing the officer. He is recovering in the hospital from his gunshot wounds.
Authorities have so far been unable to link Camovic to an organized terror group, but there are indications that his alleged tactics were similar to anti-police attacks in Paris and around the globe, said John Miller, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner of counter terrorism.
“All the hallmarks that would be out of the terrorist playbook,” Miller said at a briefing from NYPD headquarters in lower Manhattan.