Officials: No Evidence Yet That Shooting was Terror-related

Monday, 16 Sep 2013 06:41 PM

By Cynthia Fagen

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Federal and local police say there are no immediate signs that terrorists were behind the deadly attack at the Naval Sea Systems Command office Monday morning, but some online jihadists are trying to claim al-Qaida was behind it, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

One U.S. official said intelligence agencies that monitor the Internet uncovered no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack from online Islamist terrorists.

Washington Mayor Vincent Gray told reporters that the investigation into the attack is ongoing and it is far too soon to draw any conclusions.

“We don’t know what the motive is at this stage,” Gray said, adding that the investigation is ongoing. “We don’t have any reason at this stage to suspect terrorism, but certainly it has not been ruled out.”

Some wrote in Arabic on Twitter using the hashtag “al-qaida," though none boasted of any inside knowledge related to the rampage.

The FBI is said to be looking into whether the shooting was carried out by what are termed “homegrown violent extremists” or HVEs.


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