Shootings targeting Pennsylvania police are a terror attack, Homeland Security says
The Department of Homeland Security is calling a series of shootings targeting law enforcement in Pennsylvania a “terror attack.”
Authorities said Muslim terrorist Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty, 51, was shot and eliminated by police Friday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, after he fired several times at law enforcement officers throughout the city.
The string of shootings began just steps from the state’s Capitol building when the Muslim terrorist fired several times at a Capitol Police officer and then, shot and injured a state trooper. Later, he used two handguns to open fire at several officers who then returned fire and killed him, according to a statement from the Dauphin County district attorney’s office.
Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said there was “no doubt that he was directly targeting police officers.”
Tyler Houlton, acting DHS press secretary, referred to the shooting as a terror attack in a statement released Saturday. He said the incident highlights the “Trump administration’s concerns with extended family chain migration.”
El-Mofty was a naturalized US citizen who came to the country on a “family-based immigrant visa,” Houlton said.
“Both chain migration and the diversity visa lottery program have been exploited by terrorists to attack our country,” Houlton said, adding that “the programs make it more difficult to keep dangerous people out of the United States and to protect the safety of every American.”