On 13 occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers have been notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding safety and security matters.
Most important for this report:
Early Friday morning, AlertsUSA subscribers were some of the first in the U.S. to learn of a mass shooting unfolding
at Naval Air Station Pensacola. In this incident, the assailant, identified as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force, began firing with a handgun in a classroom within Building 633, which is the home of the Naval Aviation Schools Command. Three people were killed and eight others injured, including two police officers who were the first to respond to the incident. The gunman was ultimately shot dead by police.
Late Friday evening, a now-suspended Twitter account used by Alshamrani was discovered which contained an angry tirade about America posted just hours before the attack, Within his comments, Alshamrani slams U.S. support for Israel, refers to America as a "nation of evil," as well as echoes Osama bin Laden, stating:
"The security is a shared destiny...You will not be safe until we live it as reality in Palestine, and American troops get out of our lands."
Also revealed Friday was the arrest of six other Saudi nationals near the base shortly after the attack. Three of the six are reported to have been filming the entire incident as it unfolded.
Alshamrani is reported to be one of 852 Saudi nationals in the United States training under the Pentagon’s security cooperation agreement with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His three-year course of study began in the summer of 2017. No motive for the shooting has been publicly revealed, though the FBI is coordinating with the Department of Defense and other agencies to conduct an investigation for possible links to terrorism. Premeditation appears certain, as firearms are not allowed to be carried around on the base.
Pensacola is a major military hub, with 16,000 military members and 7,000 civilians at the Air Station. The base frequently hosts pilots from partner defense forces in more than 120 countries for training, particularly from those countries to whom the U.S. has sold military aircraft, including Saudi Arabia.
The fatal shooting was the second at a U.S. naval base this week. A sailor whose submarine was docked at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, opened fire on three civilian employees Wednesday, killing two before taking his own life.
Islamic State Media Suggests New Targets
Earlier in the week, AlertsUSA subscribers were also notified of the release of new Islamic State propaganda posters on social media suggesting new attack targets to followers.
The posters below are self explanatory. Branding is for the Quraysh media group. The name Quraysh suggests a relation to Muhammad's tribe of Quraysh.
In the poster below, reference to "the appeal" may allude to the general urging of the Islamic State for followers to carry out attacks on disbelievers using simple tactics in unprotected spaces and venues.
AlertsUSA continues to monitor the domestic and international threat environment around the clock and will immediately notify service subscribers, via SMS messages to their mobile devices, of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.