US base gun­man showed mass shoot­ing videos

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Mi­ami, US - The Saudi mil­i­tary stu­dent who car­ried out a deadly shoot­ing spree at a US naval base showed videos of mass shoot­ings at a din­ner party the night be­fore the at­tack, US me­dia re­ported on Satur­day.

The shoot­ing on Fri­day in a class­room build­ing at Naval Air Sta­tion Pensacola in Florida killed three sailors and wounded eight other peo­ple, in­clud­ing two re­spond­ing sher­iff’s deputies, be­fore po­lice shot dead the as­sailant.

The din­ner party rev­e­la­tion came as au­thor­i­ties probed whether the shooter had any ac­com­plices.

“We’re find­ing out what took place, whether it’s one per­son or a num­ber of peo­ple,” Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump told re­porters. “We’ll get to the bot­tom of it very quickly.”

The FBI on Satur­day for­mally iden­ti­fied the at­tacker as Mo­hammed Al­sham­rani (21), a sec­ond lieu­tenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force and a stu­dent naval flight of­fi­cer.

The shooter did not have any ap­par­ent ties to ter­ror groups and no group has of­fi­cially claimed the at­tack, a se­nior Amer­i­can of­fi­cial said. How­ever, ‘given that ISIS has very lit­tle to lose at this point, it wouldn't be sur­pris­ing if it claimed the at­tack, re­gard­less of the at­tacker’s po­ten­tial al­le­giances,’ tweeted SITE Di­rec­tor Rita Katz, re­fer­ring to the Is­lamic State group.

Naval Air Sta­tion Pensacola hosts the US Navy’s for­eign mil­i­tary train­ing pro­grammes, es­tab­lished in 1985 specif­i­cally for Saudi stu­dents be­fore be­ing ex­panded to other na­tion­al­i­ties.

The shooter was one of ‘a cou­ple hun­dred’ for­eign stu­dents at the base, ac­cord­ing to com­mand­ing of­fi­cer Ti­mothy Kin­sella.

Trump in­di­cated the train­ing pro­gramme would now be un­der re­view.

“We’ve been do­ing this with other coun­tries, for­eign coun­tries. I guess we’re go­ing to have to look into the whole pro­ce­dure, we’ll start that im­me­di­ately,” he said.

Six Saudi na­tion­als also as­signed to the base were ques­tioned af­ter the at­tack, US me­dia re­ported.

Three were at the base and ap­par­ently filmed the shoot­ing, The Wash­ing­ton Post said. The other three had flown into the US with the at­tacker and were based at train­ing sites in Louisiana and Ok­la­homa, the Post said, cit­ing an un­named of­fi­cial.

Saudi Ara­bia’s King Sal­man has de­nounced the shoot­ing as a ‘heinous crime’ and said the gun­man ‘ does not rep­re­sent the Saudi peo­ple’.


The court­yard and bar­racks at Naval Air Sta­tion Pensacola in Florida

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