In what increasingly appears to have been a lone-wolf type al-Qaeda inspired attack, French national Mehdi Nemmouche walked into the Jewish Museum in the Sablon area of Brussels armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and opened fire, killing three people instantly and critically injuring a fourth person, who later died, on 24 May. If the attack had gone precisely according to the attacker’s plan, it would have been videotaped. The assault was quick and could be replicated easily - especially in the United States. When French security officials arrested Nemmouche nearly a week after the attack, he was in possession of at least one automatic weapon and a revolver; notably, according to the Associated Press, one of the guns was found covered in a sheet displaying the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), one of the main radical rebel groups fighting against Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria.
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