FBI Drops Bombshell On Terror Links Of Pensacola Navy Air Station Shooter
(Tea Party 247) – On Monday, top law enforcement officials announced that the FBI has uncovered links between the Saudi Air Force cadet who committed a jihad attack on a Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida and an al-Qaeda operative.
The shooter, a Saudi national killed three sailors and wounded eight others in the ideologically-driven attack.
Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Chris Wray revealed the findings at a press conference where they praised the “relentless efforts and ingenuity of FBI technicians” in seeking key leads from the killer’s locked cell phones.
Just The News reports that, in spite of court-authorized search warrants, Apple had refused to unlock the shooter’s iPhones, as Barr and Wray noted, so the FBI was left to their own devices.
After months, they managed to crack the codes.
Investigators found that Saudi Air Force cadet who was training with the Navy, Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, had been radicalized in 2015.
The young radical carried out his attacks on the morning of December 6, 2019, opening fire on his classmates at the Pensacola station. At the time, local sheriffs reported that 911 calls reporting an active shooter came in at 6:51 am.
Deputies from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office killed the attacker.
Officials revealed on Monday that at one point during the incident, Alshamrani ceased shooting his classmates to shoot one of his cellphones.
“It was clear at the time that the phones were likely to contain very important information,” Barr said.
Alshamrani had planned the attack for years, Wray told reporters at the virtual presser.
“He brought his plot here to America,” Wray said, going on to explain that, according to evidence on his iPhone, he had hatched a meticulous plan.
Just The News notes:
Alshamrani took pocket cam videos of classrooms, and wrote a will, Wray said. “He was helping the organization make the most it could of his murders.”
Now, the two law enforcement officials said, U.S. authorities are making use of what they found on the unlocked phones.
Investigators are continuing to “exploit evidence” contained in the phones, Wray said.