FBI finds evidence of al-Qaeda link to Pensacola naval base terror attack
BREAKING: The Saudi Muslim terrorist who murdered three US sailors and wounded several others in a terror attack last year on a military base in Florida, before being shot and eliminated, was linked to an al-Qaeda terrorist, according to US officials.
Federal investigators found cellphone evidence linking the al-Qaeda terror group to the 2019 shooting.
In February, an audio recording purporting to be from the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for the terror attack at the Pensacola base, but it provided no evidence.
US investigators uncovered the al-Qaeda link after the FBI broke through the encryption protecting the Saudi terrorist’s iPhones, the officials said.
Muslim terrorist Mohammed Alshamrani, a member of the Royal Saudi Air Force who had been training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, was eliminated by law enforcement during the terror attack.
Alshamrani had made anti-American, anti-Israel and jihadi posts on social media, including one on the September 11 anniversary, that stated “the countdown has begun,” and another two hours before the attack that referenced the words of an al Qaeda cleric.