Barr: FBI found ties between Pensacola shooter and Al Qaeda

The Saudi military trainee who fatally shot three U.S. sailors at a Pensacola, Florida, military base last year had “significant” ties to Al Qaeda, the Justice Department and the FBI announced Monday.

Investigators discovered the connection after they got through the encryption of iPhones belonging to the trainee, Mohammed Alshamrani, who had communicated with operatives from the terror group the night before the shooting, Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray said at a virtual news conference.

“The evidence we’ve been able to develop from the killer’s devices shows that the Pensacola attack was actually the brutal culmination of years of planning and preparation by a longtime [Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] associate,” Wray said.

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