New York hatchet attacker `self-radicalized` Muslim convert

A 32-year-old man who attacked rookie New York police officers with a hatchet was a self-radicalized recent convert to Islam who appeared to have intended to carry out a terror attack, police said Friday.

New York: A 32-year-old man who attacked rookie New York police officers with a hatchet was a self-radicalized recent convert to Islam who appeared to have intended to carry out a terror attack, police said Friday.

"We would describe him as self-radicalized," police commissioner Bill Bratton told reporters one day after the attack. 

Police said Zale Thompson had looked at websites focused on designated terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and ISIS in Syria, and looked at a deadly attack in Canada, which occurred the day before.

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