Se­na­tor: ‘Al­lahu ak­bar’ killer likely not mo­ti­vated by re­li­gion

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — David Sherfinski

Sen. An­gus King said Tues­day that the ap­par­ent assassination of Rus­sia’s am­bas­sador to Turkey on Mon­day ap­pears to be pri­mar­ily po­lit­i­cal, and not re­li­gious, in na­ture.

“It ap­pears that the at­tack in Turkey on the Rus­sian am­bas­sador wasn’t a re­li­gious at­tack, but was a po­lit­i­cal one — re­venge for what’s go­ing on in Aleppo,” the Maine in­de­pen­dent, who cau­cuses with the Democrats, said on CNN’s “New Day.”

Mr. King, a mem­ber of the Se­nate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee, said a sep­a­rate deadly at­tack in Ber­lin does ap­pear to be a ji­hadist one.

“It’s a com­pli­cated sit­u­a­tion, and just to say it’s all Is­lamic ter­ror­ism, I think, is … not the cor­rect an­swer, as I said, and … will only in­flame ten­sions and could con­ceiv­ably make [them] worse,” he said.

Am­bas­sador An­drei Karlov was shot to death while giv­ing a speech at a photo ex­hi­bi­tion in Ankara. The as­sas­sin shouted about the Syr­ian city of Aleppo and yelled “Al­lahu ak­bar.”

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent that Ger­man of­fi­cials are in­ves­ti­gat­ing as an act of ter­ror, a truck plowed into a crowded mar­ket in Ber­lin, killing about a dozen peo­ple and wound­ing many oth­ers.


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