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NEW YORK (TheBlaze/AP) — A hatchet-wielding man attacked a group of patrol officers in a busy commercial district in Queens on Thursday, injuring two before the other officers shot and killed him, New York City police said. A bystander was wounded in the gunfire.
The deceased suspect has been identified in multiple reports as 32-year-old Zale Thompson, an apparent Muslim who lived in Queens.
At a news conference at a hospital where one officer was being treated for a serious head wound, Police Commissioner William Bratton said that investigators were still trying to determine a motive.
Asked if the attack could be related to terrorism, Bratton didn’t rule it out. He cited the fatal shooting of a solider in Canada earlier this week – what officials there have called a terror attack – as reason for concern.
“This early on, we really cannot say yes or no to that question,” Bratton said.
However, law enforcement sources told Vocative that Thompson appeared to have ties to a radical Islamic leader who supports “aggression” towards the United States government. More from the report:
Last month, Thompson, who says on his Facebook page that he graduated from the Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, commented on YouTube: “If you’re looking for ‘perfect’ Muslims who never make any mistakes in their Jihad, then you will be looking in vain! If the Zionists and the Crusaders had never invaded and colonized the Islamic lands after WW1, then there would be no need for Jihad! Which is better, to sit around and do nothing, or to Jihad fisabeelallah!”
Thompson’s comment was on a video explaining the idea of creating an Islamic caliphate, or borderless kingdom, which is ISIS’s ultimate aim.
While we couldn’t find the YouTube comment reported by Vocative, we did find another comment apparently made by Thompson on a YouTube video speaking out against “whites.”
“It’s ok for white people to draw pictures of a white jesus, and then colonize Africa, and enslave the negro in America, wipe out the native American, and invade the middle east. They call black people racist for rejecting the oppression they suffered from whites,” he wrote. “Listen, when black people have colonized the entire continent of Europe, enslaved its people, and sold them into bondage to foreign lands, then you can call them racist.”
Further, images on Thompson’s apparent Facebook page are raising additional questions about the suspect’s possible connection to radical Islam or any terrorist groups.
FBI and DHS issued a bulletin warning law enforcement of jihad attacks:
The document dated October, 2014 was issued by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. It is titled, “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Its Supporters Encouraging Attacks Against Law Enforcement and Government Personnel” and is marked as unclassified and for official use only.
“While we have no information indicating any ongoing plotting within the Homeland, FBI and DHS would like to ensure law enforcement and government personnel are aware that ISIL and its supporters continue to issue threats online,” the bulletin states.
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The FBI and DHS believe online threats in reaction to U.S. airstrikes in Syria and Iraq may “motivate homegrown violent extremists (HVWs) to conduct Homeland attacks, particularly against law enforcement personnel.”
The bulletin notes an online message attributed to Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, said to be the IS spokesman. In the post, a translation from an audio message, al-Adnani calls for “lone wolf” attacks in the West against “soldiers, patrons, and troops… their police, security, and intelligence members.
Additionally, the bulletin cites a September post from an alleged ISIS member who advocated an “open source jihad” by lone wolf terrorists targeting “military, law enforcement, FBI personnel, government officials, and media figures.”
The bulletin also mentions an alleged terrorist plot foiled in Britain, the attack in Australia on law enforcement by an individual supposedly linked to ISIS, and a plot to behead civilians, also in Australia.
The unclassified document lists “observable behavior that may indicate radicalization and mobilization by HVEs,” including sharing “media glorification of violent extremist acts,” linking to militant Islamic websites, participation in internet forums where radical Islamic material is posted, and acquisition of weapons and other substances, including hydrogen peroxide, acetone, gasoline, propane, or fertilizer.
The bulletin also characterizes weapons purchases by “individuals providing inconsistent and suspect identification” as probable terrorist behavior.
The FBI and DHS bulletin was leaked to Breitbart Texas on the heels of the attack in Ottawa that killed a Canadian soldier at a national military monument. The alleged perpetrator, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was identified by Canadian officialdom as an Islamic convert. A Twitter account said to be attributed to ISIS posted a photo of Bibeau holding a small caliber or toy gun soon after the attack.
Less than 24 hours after the attack, the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, promised to give more powers to surveillance and security agencies.
“They need to be much strengthened, and I assure you, Mr. Speaker, that work which is already under way will be expedited,” Harper said.