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Man spread terror propaganda before attacking officer

Posted at 12:37 PM, Jun 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-21 15:37:38-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Police reports say an 18-year-old Islamic State follower who was shot after throwing rocks at and wielding a knife toward a sheriff's sergeant in metro Phoenix had used text messages to spread terror propaganda.

Ismail Hamed sent a high-school friend links to al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's declaration of jihad and a video of U.S.-born militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

In other texts, he alluded to the 1999 Columbine High School massacre and bemoaned the effect of western secularism on Islam.

Investigators say Hamed was embracing extremist ideologies in the months before the Jan. 7 attack in Fountain Hills.

Hamed attorney Mark Mendoza declined to comment on the records.

Hamed has pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault and terrorism charges.