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The FBI Believes Militia Extremists Are Beginning to Target Muslim Institutions
An intelligence bulletin issued by the FBI's Counterterrorism Division in late May warns that so-called "militia extremists" are likely to begin targeting Muslim institutions, including mosques and other religious facilities. The bulletin titled "Militia Extremists Expand Target Sets To Include Muslims" was obtained by Public Intelligence after being released to law enforcement in late May, just days before a planned "freedom of speech" rally outside a Phoenix mosque which attracted numerous individuals dressed in camouflage, tactical gear and carrying loaded assault weapons.
Based primarily on a "large body of source reporting generated mainly since 2013," the bulletin states that militia extremists are "expanding their target sets to include Muslims and Islamic religious institutions in the United States." The recent targeting of Muslims augments prior FBI analysis, contained in a January 2015 report, which found that "established militia extremists target government personnel and law enforcement officers, perceived threats from abroad, and individuals or institutions that seek to constrain Second Amendment rights."
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