June 12, 2016 – chicago.com, telegraph.co.uk – Authorities took a suspect into custody in Santa Monica after discovering an arsenal in his car that included tannerite powder, assault weapons and a camouflage outfit.
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The suspect told authorities that he was there for the Los Angeles Gay Pride festival. During a press conference at the Los Angeles Pride festival, Mayor Eric Garcetti said the suspect was arrested Saturday night with the help of a tip from a citizen.
Police officers conducted a traffic stop in the 1700 block of 11th Street on reports of the car containing possible powder explosives. Officers found five pounds of tannerite-type powder, assault weapons, long rifles, clips loaded and taped together and a camouflage outfit along with a security badge.
Authorities said the investigation is ongoing, adding that the arrest has no connection to the Orlando nightclub mass shooting that took place Saturday night.
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant appears to have claimed responsibility for the Orlando shootings, writes Louisa Loveluck in Istanbul.
In a message published on the group’s semi-official news agency, Amaq, it described Omar Mateen as a “soldier of the caliphate”.
Although the statement did not clarify Mateen’s relation to the group, but the language appeared to suggest he was viewed as a lone wolf attacker.
In February, Isil spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani urged sympathisers in Europe and the US to launch attacks on civilians there if they are unable to travel to the group’s self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq.
Credit chicago.com, telegraph.co.uk