Image of Pensacola mass shooter, Mohammed Al-Shamrani.

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The American authorities announced on Monday that the Saudi trainee, Mohammed Al-Shamrani, who carried out the mass shooting at the Pensacola base in Florida, last year, executed his plans in cooperation with the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.

“We have broken the phone of the attacker and have discovered important information about his relationship with Al Qaeda,” U.S. Attorney William Barr said at a news conference.

For his part, Christopher Ray, director of the FBI, stressed during the same press conference that “Al-Shamrani was sharing information and plans with the people affiliated with al-Qaeda”, during the announcement of new details about the attack carried out by the Saudi trainee inside the base of the U.S. Navy, which resulted in 3 people killed.

An audio recording attributed to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, broadcast in February, claimed responsibility for the attack on the Pensacola base in Florida, but it did not provide evidence.

Before the attack, al-Shamrani criticized the American wars and published statements of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on social media.

Law enforcement officials killed the shooter during the attack on December 6, 2019.

Al-Shamrani was at the base as part of a naval training program to strengthen ties with foreign allies.

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