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FBI: Shooter at Pensacola military base linked to al-Qaida

Posted at 2:32 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 14:32:36-04

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — U.S. officials say the gunman in a deadly attack at a military base in Florida last December was meticulous in his planning and had been radicalized overseas for at least five years.

The FBI says it found a link between the gunman in the attack at the Pensacola Naval Air Station and al-Qaida.

The gunman, a Saudi Air Force officer, was killed by a sheriff’s deputy during the rampage at a classroom building where he had been undergoing flight training.

The FBI learned of the contacts between Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani and operatives of al-Qaida after breaking the encryption on cellphones that had previously been locked and that the shooter had tried to destroy before being killed by law enforcement.