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Jindal: Marine Killings an Act of 'Radical, Islamic Terrorism'

Jindal: Marine Killings an Act of 'Radical, Islamic Terrorism'
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By    |   Friday, 17 July 2015 11:29 AM

Federal officials have yet to classify Thursday’s fatal shootings of four U.S. Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said it has the fingerprints of a terrorist act.

"It seems pretty clear from what we already know that this is an act of not only terrorism, but radical Islamic terrorism," the Republican candidate for president said during a campaign stop in Waterloo, Iowa, where he spoke Thursday night at the Waterloo Veterans of Foreign Wars, according to The Daily Signal. "The reality is this: there is evil in the world."

Jindal called on President Barack Obama to "wage war on radical Islamic terrorism" and said that if elected president, he would secure the borders and invest in national defense.

In a statement to Breitbart News, Jindal said the shooting "underscores the grave reality of the threat posed to us by radical Islamic terrorism every single day," adding that we must "stop at nothing to hunt down and kill these evildoers abroad before more of them come here to kill our people."

Armed with an AK-47-style weapon and a 30-round magazine, Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez opened fire at a strip mall military recruiting center before unloading on a Naval reserve center seven miles away, according to CNN. The 24-year-old killed four Marines and injured three other people, a police officer, a Marine Corps recruiter and a sailor.

The accused shooter was reportedly born in Kuwait, had Jordanian citizenship and was a naturalized U.S. citizen, according to CNN, citing law enforcement officials. He may have traveled to the Middle East in recent years.

Abdulazeez grew up in the Chattanooga area and in 2012 graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with an electrical engineering degree, CNN reported.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Ed Reinhold has said the agency is "looking at every possible avenue, whether it was terrorism — whether it was domestic, international — or whether it was a simple, criminal act."

In a blog post written Monday, Abdulazeez said Muslims should not let "the opportunity to submit to Allah ... pass you by," Yahoo News reported, citing the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist activity on social media.

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Federal officials have yet to classify Thursday's fatal shootings of four U.S. Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said it has the fingerprints of a terrorist act.
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