The Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that the lone gunman who shot at police last December 22 was a suspected terrorist from Egypt who became a naturalized U.S. citizen through chain migration.
The shooting happened in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and was carried out by 51- year old Ahmed Amin El- Mofty. One state trooper was shot but her injuries were considered non-life threatening. El Mofty was killed when he shot it out with responding policemen.
Acting DHS Press Secretary Tyler Houlton posted the following statement on Twitter:
“The Department of Homeland Security can confirm the suspect involved in a terror attack in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and another suspect arrested on terror-related money laundering charges were both beneficiaries of extended family chain migration.
Ahmed Amin El- Mofty was a naturalized U.S. citizen who was admitted to the United States from Egypt on a family-based immigrant visa. El- Mofty was killed yesterday in a shootout after allegedly opening fire and targeting police at multiple locations in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
The long chain of migration that led to the suspect’s admission to the United States was initiated years ago by a distant relative of the suspect. One of the most recent links in that chain was an extended family member admitted into the United States from Egypt on an F24 visa.”
Neighbours of El-Mofty in Camp Hill reported his home regularly received multiple male visitors and that immigration officers raided his property last year.
Coincidentally, the shooting on policemen happened on the same day Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz was sentenced in a Harrisburg federal court for being a supporter of the notorious terror group ISIS. Police investigators have yet to confirm if there is indeed a connection between the terror attack and the sentencing.
However, a former brother-in-law of El- Mofty disputed the statement of Houlton. Ahmed Soweilam described El-Mofty was a “chicken” and said “He is not a terrorist.”
Historically, this was not the first terrorist-related attack in Pennsylvania.
In January 2016, Edward Archer shot at a parked Philadelphia police car and hit Officer Jesse Harnett who was able to fire back.
Archer, who was arrested one block away from the scene of the attack, claimed he had acted “in the name of Islam” and that he had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
Police investigators found out that Archer had been a frequent visitor to the Middle East and had lived in Egypt most of 2012.