Four marines killed in shooting at two US military centers

Washington (IANS) A US terrorism task force involving federal and local agencies is investigating a shooting rampage at two military centres in Chattanooga, Tennessee in which four Marines were killed and the suspect shot dead.

President Barack Obama, who was briefed about the shootings Thursday by the FBI director, saying “We take all shootings very seriously” vowed that the investigation would be “thorough and prompt”.

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“Obviously when you have an attack on a US military facility, then we have to make sure that we have all the information necessary to make an assessment in terms of how this attack took place and what further precautions we can take in the future,” he said.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said authorities were stepping up security at “certain federal facilities, out of an abundance of caution” after the shootings.

Suspected shooter Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, sprayed a hail of bullets at the glass doors of a military recruiting centre in a strip mall Thursday media reports said citing witnesses and law enforcement agencies.

Then the gunman, who according to a law enforcement official cited by CNN, was driving in a rented silver Ford Mustang convertible, moved on to his next target more than seven miles away: a Naval reserve centre.

There, he rammed into a gate at some point during his shooting rampage and was eventually killed by police.

Authorities “have not determined whether it was an act of terrorism or whether it was a criminal act,” Ed Reinhold, FBI special agent in charge, told reporters.

“We will treat this as a terrorism investigation until it can be determined that it is not,” he said.

US Attorney Bill Killian earlier told reporters that authorities were treating the shooting as an “act of domestic terrorism.”

Abdulazeez was not in any US databases of suspected terrorists, CNN reported citing a US official.

He was born in Kuwait and had Jordanian citizenship, two law enforcement officials said.

He was a naturalized US citizen, one official said. And he may have travelled back to the Middle East in recent years.

Abdulazeez graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2012 with a degree in electrical engineering, a university spokesman said.

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  1. “Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez….” – Report

    There you go!! Sure, terrorism has no religion. That’s what NDTV, Aameer Khaan, Shaarukh Khaan and other geniuses want you to believe!! All the fake secular groups can ignore the real threat and continue to focus on what Sri Modiji did or didn’t do. After all, it’s important to be tough on sanaathana groups. It doesn’t matter if you have no courage to utter a single word on cartoon controversy.

    • That’s what NDTV, Aameer Khaan, Shaarukh Khaan and other geniuses want you to believe! – RampaNNA

      Look at the hatred OOZING out of your pores!

      And hey, please DON’T even BEGIN to belittle yourself by calling them “geniuses”. As far as YOU are concerned, there is ONLY 1 genius around – Original Rampu’ji.

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      Feel better? Please let me know if I can help you further.

    • This one is almost 2 hrs long but very educational. Enjoy. – Rampu

      2 gante’da yeddukational ‘ispeecha’? Ireg bethe bele daala ijje, dhani?

    • Dear Paimaam, please stop talking about Pakistan army. You have lost all credentials to do so!

      Till the RSS government was installed in 2014, you were hypersensitive to border skirmishes in Kashmir, which used to occur once in a blue moon. You were condemning previous government as impotent!

      Suddenly, what has happened to you, when your RSS Modi’s government is ruling the country? The cross border violations are daily routine incidents now, and your RSS and BJP are blind to the hoisting of Pakistan Flags too, on regular basis, in Kashmir.

      Why is that you are quoting books and speeches by foreigners on some unrelated issue. Send your cheddis to Kashmir to surrender to the traitors.

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