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Saudi gunman tweeted against US before naval base shooting

Top FBI congressional liaison leaves the agency
Posted at 5:24 PM, Dec 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-08 20:26:12-05

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The FBI is confirming it is operating on the assumption that the deadly attack at the Pensacola, Florida, naval base by a Saudi flight student was an act of terrorism, while a US official says the gunman had apparently gone on Twitter shortly before the shooting to blast US support of Israel and accuse America of being anti-Muslim.

Investigators are working to establish whether the killer, identified as 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, of the Royal Saudi Air Force, acted alone. Alshamrani fatally shot three people in a classroom building Friday before he was killed by a sheriff's deputy.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called Sunday for heightened security vetting of foreign nationals bound for training on US bases.