DHS Says Attempted Assassination Of PA Police Was 'Terror Attack'

DHS's Tyler Houlton referred to the series of Harrisburg shootings that targeting police as "terror attack."

​Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) referred to the series of Harrisburg shootings that targeted police on Friday as a “terror attack,” and said that “extended family chain migration” has been exploited by terrorists who want to harm the U.S.

DHS acting press secretary Tyler Houlton made the declarations in a tweet on Saturday.

“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,” Houlton wrote.

He explained that the Harrisburg shooter, 51-year-old Ahmen Aminamin El-Mofty, “was a naturalized U.S. citizen who was admitted to the United States from Egypt on a family-based immigrant visa...The long chain of migration that led to the suspect’s admission into the United States was initiated years ago by a distant relative of the suspect.”

El-Mofty, 51, was killed by police after he opened fire on police and police vehicles at multiple locations in Pennsylvania’s capital on Friday afternoon.

A Pennsylvania State Police trooper was shot, and sustained minor injuries.

“There’s no doubt he was directly targeting police officers,” Daupin County District Attorney Ed Marsico told WGAL shortly after the shooting spree.

Following the gunfire, investigators said they were working to determine whether this was an act of terrorism. Authorities said that El-Mofty had “ties to the Middle East” and had “recently traveled to the Middle East.”

Houlton’s statement also mentioned Zoobia Shahnaz, who was indicted on Dec. 14 after investigators said she laundered over $85,000 to the Islamic State, FOX News reported.

“Separately, Zoobia Shahnaz, who has been charged with laundering bitcoins to support ISIS, is a naturalized U.S. citizen who came to the United States from Pakistan on an F43 visa,” Houlton tweeted. “The F43 visa is available to the children of F41 visa holders who were sponsored by other family members that obtained citizenship.”

President Trump has long decried the chain migration system, and instead favors a merit-based vetting protocol that considers applicants’ education and potential employment opportunities, FOX News reported.

“Both chain migration and the diversity visa lottery program have been exploited by terrorists to attack our country,” Houlton said. “Not only are the programs less effective at driving economic growth than merit-based immigration systems used by nearly all other countries, the programs make it more difficult to keep dangerous people out of the United States and to protect the safety of every American.”

Local authorities have not confirmed whether they consider El-Mofty's shooting spree to be a terror attack, CNN reported.

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@Necroignisamoron thanks!


@hi_estdicktracy, seems like you have it all figured out. Someone should get on the phone with the pentagon and let them know you figured out how to recognize America Terrorist. I guess the intelligence community can rest easy now.


@CopsKidTwo the American terrorist is every bit as predictable. In most of the cases we see, they have already raised red flags and have been visited by authorities. They also tend to be loner white guys with way too much privilege and not enough control in their lives.

And please show me numbers of extreme Muslim terrorists having killed more Americans than crazy white people. I have a hard time believing that.

If anything, the Muslim terrorists have a reason why they murder. White guys murder just because. I find indiscriminate murder infinitely scarier than ideological murder.


There are some "terrorists" aka mass murderers (no need to give them any more face time than they already have) like: the concert killer, movie theater killer, and Sandy Hook killer who are sick individuals whose actions are fairly hard to predict.

However, there are others who come from specific areas of the world from a very specific religion who target us because of their religious beliefs. Followers of that religion killed more people than all of the other mass murderers combined.

If you know how to avoid even one of those massacres, which involves denying citizenship to an individual from a high threat country, why wouldn't you?

We don't owe anyone citizenship. Anyone wanting in should prove that they deserve to be here—not the other way around. It's stupid to say that a nation attempting to maintain its ability to be a sovereign nation is racist or prejudice by not opening their borders to anyone who wants in.