Several online jihadists suggested Islamists were behind the deadly shooting at the Navy Yard as federal and local police investigated the motive behind the attack.
U.S. officials said there were no immediate signs that terrorists were behind the attack at the Naval Sea Systems Command office.
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A total of 13 people were killed and about a dozen others wounded by at least one gunman at the Washington Navy Yard office located on a base in southeast Washington. The Navy Yard is located less than three miles from the White House.
Washington Mayor Vincent Gray told reporters that the investigation into the attack is ongoing and it is far too soon to draw any conclusions.
“We don’t know what the motive is at this stage,” Gray said, adding that the investigation is ongoing. “We don’t have any reason at this stage to suspect terrorism, but certainly it has not been ruled out.”
One U.S. official said intelligence agencies that monitor the Internet uncovered no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack from online Islamist terrorists.
The FBI is said to be looking into whether the shooting was carried out by what are termed “homegrown violent extremists” or HVEs.
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