Federal Bureau of Investigation treating Pensacola base shooting as act of terrorism by Saudi gunman

Clay Curtis
December 9, 2019

Rojas said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was working, as it does in most mass shootings, on the presumption that it was an act of terrorism, but she stressed that was largely to allow investigators to use special tools afforded to them in terrorism cases.

Adam Schiff, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said it was too early to say the shooting was an act of terrorism but that Congress would press for a full investigation by the Saudis.

Two U.S. officials said Friday that authorities were investigating whether the attack was terrorism-related.

The FBI late Saturday officially identified the shooter who killed three sailors at Naval Air Station (NAS) in the US state of Florida.

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper has requested a review of how foreign nationals are vetted as potential security threats before they are admitted to train with the us military, he said on Sunday.

The victims were also students at the flight school.

Special agent Rachel L. Rojas said there have been no arrests so far over the December 6 shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola and that all global students at the base have been accounted for.

Earlier in the week of the shooting, Alshamrani hosted a dinner party where he and three others watched videos of mass shootings, another us official told The Associated Press on Saturday. At least one of his guests is reported to have videotaped Friday's massacre.

Several government employees thought that disciplinary action should be taken against Day, but he continued to instruct students, the person said.

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The Saudi airman accused of killing three people at a US Navy base in Florida appeared to have posted criticism of US wars and quoted slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on social media hours before the shooting spree, according to a group that tracks online extremism. She added that all worldwide students at the base have been accounted for and that there is no immediate threat to the community.

The New York Times reported that the account had criticized American foreign policy, calling the U.S. a "nation of evil".

Mohammad Saeed Alshamrani also apparently tweeted his anger over US support of Israel. Using a bin Laden quote, he also said that the security of the USA and Muslims is a "shared destiny". "We'll get to the bottom of it very quickly".

The official who spoke Saturday said one of the three students who attended the dinner party hosted by the attacker recorded video outside the classroom building while the shooting was taking place. The FBI has yet to announce a motive for the gunman, who was shot and killed on scene by a sheriff's deputy.

Saudi Arabia is a key U.S. ally in the Middle East and President Trump said the Saudi king called him after the attack to "express his honest condolences and give his sympathies to the families and friends of the warriors who were killed".

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has denounced the shooting as a "heinous crime" and said the gunman "does not represent the Saudi people".

"This is a relationship that has serious problems", said Cory Booker, a senator and presidential candidate.

The navy on Saturday hailed the three victims as heroes for trying to stop the shooter and flagging down first responders after being shot.

Lindsey Graham called to suspend military training with Saudi Arabian forces on Fox News, following a mass shooting perpetrated by a member of the Saudi military that left three dead.

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