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Published On: Wed, Jun 3rd, 2015

FBI says Usaamah Rahim linked to terrorist probe

FBI officials are now stating that the man shot dead by Boston law enforcement when he attacked police with a knife was part of a terrorism-related investigation.

Authorities said that Usaamah Rahim, 26, advanced on officers with the Joint Terrorism Task Force who initially tried to retreat before opening fire, Boston Police Superintendent William Evans told reporters, describing him as a “threat.”

“We believed he was a threat,” Evans said. “The level of alarm brought us to question him today. I don’t think anyone expected the reaction we got out of him.”

Crime Scene Tape photo/editted pic from FBI.gov

Crime Scene Tape photo/editted pic from FBI.gov

Boston Police said in a statement on their website that “as part of this ongoing investigation, Boston Police and State Police made an arrest this evening in Everett. This suspect is in the process of being booked, fingerprinted and interviewed.”

FBI special-agent-in-charge Vincent Lisi said the subject had been under 24-hour surveillance but declined to provide any details of what investigators had learned about his activities.

“We don’t think there’s any concern for public safety right now,” Lisi said.
Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said his office would investigate whether the shooting was justified.

Evans said officers had approached the man in a strip-mall parking lot without weapons drawn and opened fire only after he repeatedly advanced on them, leaving them in fear for their lives.

“The FBI and the Boston Police did everything they could to get this individual to drop his knife,” Evans said. “They kept retreating, verbally giving commands to drop the weapon.”

A man who identified himself on Twitter as Rahim’s brother said the family was shocked by the shooting.

“We are deeply grieved by the loss,” Ibrahim Rahim said.

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