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The US Justice Department Confirmed The Connection Of Al-Qaeda With The Killer Of Three People At The Navy Airbase In Florida

The US Justice Department Confirmed The Connection Of Al-Qaeda With The Killer Of Three People At The Navy Airbase In Florida

Saudi soldier Mohammed al-Shamrani, who killed three people in December 2019 on the territory of the US Navy airbase Pensacola (Florida), had links to the terrorist network al-Qaeda. This was stated on Monday by the Minister of justice - US Attorney General William Barr at a briefing for journalists.

He said that law enforcement agencies managed to get access to al-Shamrani's smartphone, which contained information about his connection with terrorists. "Four months ago, I stated that this shooting was an act of terrorism. We found [on his phone] evidence of a close connection to al-Qaeda," Barr said. Earlier on Monday, CNN reported on these connections, citing its sources.

Barr also said that due to Apple's refusal to cooperate, the Ministry of justice specialists had to hack the iPhone of Mohammed al-Shamrani on their own. "Apple's decision has dangerous consequences for public safety and national security and, in my opinion, is unacceptable," the Minister said.

Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Christopher Wray, who was present at the briefing, also added: "We didn't actually get any help from Apple."

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