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US airport shooter says he carried out attack for Islamic State

Washington: The man who killed five persons at the Fort Lauderdale airport in the US state of Florida, told Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents he carried out the attack on behalf of the Islamic State, media reports said.

Esteban Santiago opened fire at Fort Lauderdale airport, killing 5 people. AP

Esteban Santiago opened fire at Fort Lauderdale airport, killing 5 people. AP

On 6 January, Esteban Santiago opened fire at the airport, killing five people and injured six following which he was taken into custody.

Testifying at Santiago's bond hearing on Tuesday, FBI special agent Michael Ferlazzo did not elaborate on whether Santiago was purporting to be linked to the Islamic State or simply inspired by the terrorist organisation, CNN reported.

Federal authorities in Alaska said Santiago told them prior to the attack that he was hearing voices and that his mind was being controlled by the Central Intelligence Agency. Santiago initially made similar claims during an interrogation following the shooting, but once he was transferred to the FBI office in Florida, he introduced the Islamic State claim and never again mentioned mind control, Ferlazzo testified.

The Islamic State has not claimed responsibility for the 6 January attack at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Authorities have said that Santiago confessed to the mass shooting, which they said he perpetrated after disembarking a plane and collecting a checked bag containing a pistol and two magazines.

Updated Date: Jan 18, 2017 16:53 PM

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