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Saturday, December 20, 2014

New York Shooter Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley Posted Quran Verse on Terrorizing Enemies of Allah

Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley shot and killed two New York City police officers (Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos), who were sitting in their patrol car. Brinsley was clearly motivated by outrage towards the death of Eric Garner. However, there may be another factor here. Brinsley was an Arabic speaker and posted a Qur'an passage on "striking terror" into the hearts of the enemies of Allah.

Qur'an 8:60 (quoted by Brinsley) reads:

Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of Allah, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly.

Here's more on the story:

New York (CNN)—Two New York City police officers were shot and killed ambush-style Saturday afternoon as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn, Police Commissioner William Bratton said.

The gunman approached the passenger side of the patrol car and opened fire several times, fatally wounding officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, authorities said at an evening press conference.

They were "shot and killed with no warning, no provocation," Bratton told reporters. "They were quite simply, assassinated."

Both were shot in the head, Bratton said.

The families of the fallen officers rushed to Woodhull Medical Center on Saturday, as dozens of police officers gathered in a show of support.

The officers—one with two years' experience, the other with seven years on the job—were normally assigned to downtown Brooklyn, but were working a "critical response" detail in an area with higher crime, police said.

Police identified the shooter as Ismaaiyl Brinsley. He was found dead in a nearby subway station from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The gunman arrived in New York from Baltimore, but had a residence in Atlanta, Bratton said.

Police were investigating posts he allegedly made on social media. (Continue Reading.)

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