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US officials see al-Qaeda link to Florida military base attack

US officials see al-Qaeda link to Florida military base attack :
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The FBI has found mobile phone evidence linking al-Qaeda to December 6, 2019, shooting at a US naval base in Florida in which three people were killed, a federal law enforcement source said on Monday. The attacker, Second Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, 21, had been a member of the Royal Saudi Air Force. He was on the base as part of a US Navy training program designed to foster links with foreign allies and was killed by law enforcement officers during the attack.

Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Chris Wray are scheduled to hold a news conference on Monday to announce new developments in the case.

The Justice Department had previously asked Apple to help extract data from two iPhones that belonged to the gunman, including one that authorities say Alshamrani damaged with a bullet after being confronted by law enforcement.

Speaking on the same call, Attorney General William Barr said Justice Department officials succeeded in unlocking the encryption on the shooter’s iPhone after Apple Inc declined to do so.

“The information from the phone has already proved invaluable,” Barr said.

In January, US officials announced that they were sending home 21 Saudi military students after an investigation revealed that they had posted anti-American sentiments on social media pages .

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Category: #Uncategorized | 2020/05/18 latest update at 11:07 PM
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