US News Shooting at a military base in Florida: the author was linked to Al-Qaeda (media)
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The perpetrator of a shooting at a US naval base in December was linked to Al-Qaeda, according to analysis of data contained in one of his phones, media reports Monday.
A Saudi military man in training in the United States, Mohammed al-Shamrani, 21, opened fire on December 6 at the Pensacola base in Florida, leaving three dead and eight injured before being shot by the police.
According to the United States, the first elements of the investigation had shown that he was "motivated by jihadist ideology".
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In early February, the shooting had been claimed by the Al-Qaeda group in the Arabian Peninsula (Aqpa) and a few days later Washington had announced that it had "eliminated" its leader Qassim al-Rimi.
But nothing, until now, made it possible to say if the Saudi shooter was just inspired by the group or if he had been in direct contact with its members.
American investigators, who asked Apple to be able to access data from its phones, finally managed to recover data from at least one of the two devices on their own, according to CNN and the New York Times.
They discovered that the Saudi had exchanged with at least one Aqpa agent before the attack, anonymous sources assured the two media.
The information is due to be made public officially on Monday by Bill Barr and the chief of federal police at a press conference.
Shooting at an American base: a long-standing coordinated attack with Al-Qaeda
© Provided by Le Point The author of a shooting at an American naval base had been in close contact, for years and until the day before of the attack, with the jihadist organization Al-Qaeda , federal officials said on Monday that they have successfully recovered encrypted data from their phones. Saudi military in training in USA , Mohammed al-Shamrani, 21, opened fire on December 6 at the Pensacola base in Florida, killing three and eight injured before being shot by the police.
The shooting had strained relations between Washington and Ryad. In an appeal to President Donald Trump, King Salman had condemned an "abominable" crime and assured that the shooter did not represent his people.
Washington then announced the dismissal of 21 Saudi soldiers, out of some 850 in training in the United States, because they had published or consulted "offensive content" on social networks, "jihadists", "anti-Americans" or of a pedophile nature.
The FBI had, however, found "no evidence of collaboration or prior knowledge of the attack" by other soldiers in training in the United States.
Relations between Washington and Ryad had already suffered a serious setback after the September 11, 2001 attacks: 15 of the 19 pilots who had hijacked planes and caused the death of some 3,000 people were Saudis.
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