Last Updated December 28, 2020 6:52 pm EST
“Lone Wolf” in the United States is raising new concerns about terrorist threats. Investigators believe the Nashville bomber carried out the explosion that shook the city’s downtown over Christmas. Three people were injured in the area and dozens of buildings were damaged.
The “Lone Wolf” attackers have proven to be some of the most difficult for law enforcement to stop. Studies show that they are often “more educated and socially isolated than group-based actors.” Said Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League.
“” Lone Wolf-style subjects sometimes choose to commit their crimes over a period of months, “he said,” but within minutes.
While the Nashville bombing is not portrayed as an act of domestic terrorism, the number of domestic terrorist cases under increasing FBI scrutiny has been increasing in recent years. These types of attacks can be motivated by any complaint.
FBI director Christopher Ray said, “I think everybody fits in the category of anti-government, anti-authority. It includes everything from anarchist violent extremists to militia types.”
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer clarified the purpose earlier this year to end the state’s COVID-19 lockdown – making it more difficult for investigators to determine what motivates Nashville as “lone wolves” .
“It becomes very difficult to sort out the nature of this person and the crime committed to influence him,” said Greenblatt.
Authorities have 63-year-old Anthony Quinn as a Warner bomber. Warner is believed to have died in the explosion of his RV. Before the explosion, he left some of his belongings and said he had cancer. The FBI is investigating whether this is true.
“Clearly, there were some complicated events that led to the action,” said David Roush, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Mola Lenghi contributed to this report.
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