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FBI warns of homegrown violence after Afghan massacre

Last Updated: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 19:24

Washington: Federal authorities have issued a warning there could be "acts of violence" across the United States following the recent massacre of 16 civilians in Afghanistan allegedly by an American soldier.

"The FBI and DHS [Department of Homeland Security] are concerned that this event could contribute to the radicalization or mobilization of homegrown violent extremists [HVEs] in the homeland, particularly against US-based military targets which HVEs have historically considered legitimate targets for retaliation in response to past alleged US military actions against civilians overseas," ABC News quoted the FBI and the DHS, as saying in a joint "awareness bulletin" to law enforcement agencies on Wednesday.

The bulletin noted that there is no specific threat at this time and said it is "unlikely" the recent killings and other "high-profile perceived offenses against Islam" would motivate any homeland extremist to violent action.
"However," the bulletin says, "[the killings] will likely be incorporated into violent extremist propaganda and could contribute to an individual`s radicalization to violence."


First Published: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 18:47

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