After ISIS Claims Credit for Toronto Attack, NYT Reporter Says Killer Could Not Have Been Pro-ISIS
A shooting in the Greektown area of Toronto Monday evening killed two and injured 13 more victims:
On Tuesday, Canadian authorities identified the mass shooter as Faisal Hussain:
Early on Wednesday, ISIS claimed credit for Monday's attack, calling Hussain a "soldier of the Islamic State":
But later in the day, New York Times reporter Rukmini Callamachi claimed that because Hussain killed himself immediately following the attack, he could not possibly have been inspired by ISIS:
Now, alert readers might be a bit confused here. Not only did ISIS claim credit for the attack, as seen in the earlier tweet, but Callamachi herself had reported it.
Strangely, Callamachi was on Canadian TV giving an interview earlier today following the ISIS claim of credit acknowledging that, at least from ISIS's point of view, they were praising Hussain for responding to their call for supporters to conduct attacks at home to terrorize Western countries:
The phrasing that refers to responding to calls to target coalition countries, that refers to a famous speech put out in 2014 by ISIS's then spokesman Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani, where they called on people who could not travel to the Islamic State who were still back home in Western countries and elsewhere in the world to carry out attacks in situ, in their own communities, anyway they could. It was in that speech that they spoke about using cars to run people over, even using rocks to use them to smash the heads of their enemies.
So what the phrasing indicates is that from ISIS' perspective this was a man who was most likely self-radicalized, who was inspired by their propaganda, and not somebody who actually traveled to Syria, or took more concrete direction from the group.