Man with 'Islamic Extremist Leanings' Attacks NY Police

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The man who attacked New York City police officers with a hatchet before being shot dead was reported to have Islamic "extremist leanings" police and a monitoring group said.

The man, identified in the U.S. media as Zale Thompson, had posted an array of statements on YouTube and Facebook that "display a hyper-racial focus in both religious and historical contexts, and ultimately hint at his extremist leanings," the SITE monitoring group said.

Four rookie police officers in the city's Queens borough were posing for a photograph at the request of a freelance photographer when the man walked up and without saying a word attacked them with the hatchet, a city hall statement said.

One officer was hit in the arm and another in the head before the other officers shot and killed the attacker, according to police commissioner Bill Bratton.

A 29-year-old bystander was accidentally hit by a bullet in the lower back and taken to a hospital, while the man who took the photograph was cooperating with police and was not considered a suspect, Bratton said.

The officer with the head injury was in critical but stable condition in the hospital.

- Motive unknown-

SITE, which monitors radical Muslim groups, said that in a comment Thompson had posted to a pro-Islamic State video on September 13, 2014, he described "jihad as a justifiable response to the oppression of the 'Zionists and the Crusaders.'"

But Bratton said that police were investigating the motive for the attack and that it was too early to determine whether it was terror-related.

"There is nothing we know of at this time that would indicate that were the case," he said.

"I think certainly the heightened concern is relative to that type of assault, based on what just happened in Canada and recent events in Israel -- certainly one of the things that first comes to mind -- but that's what the investigation will attempt to determine," Bratton said.

He was referring to what Israeli police have described as a "hit-and-run terror attack" on Wednesday, when a Palestinian driver killed a baby after he rammed his vehicle into a group of pedestrians in Jerusalem.

In Canada, two young Canadians with Islamic leanings staged separate deadly attacks this week.

One ran his car over two soldiers in a parking lot in Quebec, killing one, before being shot dead by police on Monday. Two days later another shot an unarmed soldier at an Ottawa war memorial before storming into parliament where he was gunned down.

The authorities have said that both attackers were extremists tempted by war in Syria, but have found neither any connection between them nor evidence of a wider plot.

Canada has never before been hit by Islamist violence, but it has been threatened in militant broadcasts over its role in the U.S.-led air armada striking the Islamic State jihadists in Iraq.

Comments 17
Missing --karim. 24 October 2014, 11:53

Another day, another instance of salafist-jihadist terrorism.

Thumb _mowaten_ 24 October 2014, 12:34

one country after the other, they make sure muslims and arabs are utterly despised and hated. nice work saudi!

Default-user-icon (Guest) 24 October 2014, 12:59

you're the one posting spam and pointless sectarian incitement.

Default-user-icon justin (Guest) 24 October 2014, 13:49

luckily most countries already had the anti terrorists networks put in place to watch for the financiers of hezballah's and similar jihadi terrorist networks, they can use those to look for the new terrorists

Default-user-icon cityboy (Guest) 24 October 2014, 14:49

I was thinking the same thing mowaten, exactly the same. We are so so similar. We both are shia extremists; we both pretend to be moderates; we both are paid to post; and we both lecture others and accuse them of what we are. I just hope others don't think we are one poster.

Default-user-icon elie (Guest) 24 October 2014, 18:01

you need not worry mowaten about it because you only travel beirut damascus and tehran.

Thumb _mowaten_ 24 October 2014, 15:27

Yes definitely! Detective Anonyme cracked the case!!
Andora & Monaco must be in on it too, since they didnt get attacked either! Genius!

Thumb kanaandian 24 October 2014, 12:31

lol selling islam just got a bit tougher this week.

Default-user-icon kanaadian_mowaten_ (Guest) 24 October 2014, 13:08

are you a salesman?

Thumb kanaandian 25 October 2014, 05:35

well i do it on the side, but as a hobby and collector of what i sell.
im also honored that i now have a naharnet impersonator. thanks brother.

Default-user-icon molly hatchet (Guest) 24 October 2014, 12:50


Default-user-icon Sebouh80 (Guest) 24 October 2014, 12:51

These people are like a cancer that needs to be eliminated before its too late.

Default-user-icon Sebouh80 (Guest) 24 October 2014, 18:00

Kindly Sebouh80 (Guest), stop using my registered guest screen name. Please, choose any other name but not mine and very thank you

Thumb kanaandian 25 October 2014, 05:35

who are the terrorists who gave you 6 thumbs down? are these people living in caves in pakistan?

Default-user-icon JCWILLIAMS (Guest) 24 October 2014, 13:06

your comment is irrelevant and not necessary true

Default-user-icon flamethrower (Guest) 24 October 2014, 17:58

anonymetexasusa, do you know why i was banned forever?!

Default-user-icon Joe (Guest) 24 October 2014, 21:38

"Motive unknown" ?

Are you kidding me?