Saudi shooter assailed US as 'nation of evil' before Florida naval base attack: Report 

WION Web Team New Delhi Dec 07, 2019, 11.11 AM(IST)

File photo: The main gate at Naval Air Station Pensacola is seen on Navy Boulevard in Pensacola, Florida, US. Photograph:( Reuters )

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SITE, which monitors jihadist media, identified the shooter as Mohammed al-Shamrani, saying he had posted a short manifesto on Twitter that read: "I'm against evil, and America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil." 

The Saudi military student who killed three people at a US naval base on Friday assailed America as a "nation of evil" prior to the attack, news agency AFP reported quoting SITE Intelligence Group.

SITE, which monitors jihadist media, identified the shooter as Mohammed al-Shamrani, saying he had posted a short manifesto on Twitter that read: "I'm against evil, and America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil." 

"I'm not against you for just being American, I don't hate you because your freedoms, I hate you because every day you supporting, funding and committing crimes not only against Muslims but also humanity," he wrote.

The shooter Mohammed al-Shamrani is a member of the Saudi Air Force visiting the United States for military training.

The shooter was armed with a handgun and was killed by sheriff's deputies responding to the dawn incident at Naval Air Station Pensacola, the Navy and local sheriff's office said, the second deadly shooting at a US military installation this week.

(With inputs from AFP)