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Bill Bratton: Focus on Foiling Lone-Wolf Terrorist Attacks

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Canadian tactical police enter the Langevin Block as authorities respond to an apparent terrorist attack on Oct. 22, 2014, in Ottawa, Canada. (Wayne Cuddington/Barcroft Media/Landov)

By    |   Friday, 07 Nov 2014 01:59 PM

Security officials must "redouble" their efforts to prevent the growing threat of lone-wolf terrorist attacks, often inspired by Islamic jihadist websites and other social media, New York's top cop said this week.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton told an international gathering of law enforcement officials that the Oct. 23 attack on a New York City police officer by an ax-wielding terrorist was inspired by radical rants on the Internet.

"He was increasingly being focused on and being motivated by the increasingly sophisticated social media outreach of the emerging terrorist threats that we're here to discuss this morning," Bratton said Thursday at the conference at New York police headquarters in Manhattan.

Zale Thompson attacked NYPD officer Kenneth Healey on Oct. 23 while the rookie cop was standing on a street in Queens with other police officers, who then shot Thompson dead. Thompson's computer showed he was a passionate follower of Islamic terrorist web sites.

Bratton said Healey is still recovering from the ax wound to his head.

"But [it was] a really close call; an example of the terrorism acts that we now have to be prepared for," he said.

The New York attack followed a day after the second of two in Canada: the first, on Oct. 20, when a Muslim jihadist ran over police officers in Quebec, killing one; two days later, another lone-wolf jihadist killed a soldier and attacked the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa.

Bernard Kerik, a former New York City police commissioner, told Newsmax TV
last month that all three attacks illustrated the threat of terrorists acting alone with no direct ties to al-Qaida or other terrorist groups.

He said police and intelligence officials do a "pretty good job" tracking potential terrorists on social media.

"But the problem is, you're not going to be 100 percent," he said.

The latest development in a case of homegrown terrorism involved an accused killer who was radicalized in a Seattle, Washington, barbershop, Fox News reported this week.

Ali Muhammad Brown is suspected of coast-to-coast terrorism. Police say he killed four men since April in attacks from New Jersey to Washington state.

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Security officials must "redouble" their efforts to prevent the growing threat of lone-wolf terrorist attacks, often inspired by Islamic jihadist websites and other social media, New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said this week.
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