Less than 24 hours after a lone terror attack in Ottawa, Canada, another man suspected of terror ties attacked 4 police officers in Queens, New York, with a hatchet in broad daylight. Authorities are now investigating the terrorist ties in this attack.
Four rookie officers stationed in a high impact area of Queens were posing for a photo by a freelance photographer when the attacker approached the officers, and began lunging an 18-inch metal hatchet at the officers. One officer, Joseph Meeker, 24, was stuck in the arm while another officer, Kenneth Healey, 25, was struck in the back of the head, causing serious injuries. The officer struck in the head is listed in critical, but stable condition and is undergoing surgery. The other two officers were able to kill the attacker.
The NYPD is seriously considering this attack along with yesterday’s attack in Canada as terrorism. Authorities are looking to see if these unprovoked attacks are a result of radical Islamists calling on attacks on military and police officers.
The madman hatchet-wielding attacker is identified as Zale Thompson, 32, of Queens. The madman is a recent convert to the religion of Islam. The attacker’s Facebook page contained some statement content that raised serious questions about his motives. In his page, it includes an Arabic script as his cover photo, and a militant photograph as his default picture.
This is the 3rd attack in North America soil in less than 4 days. Please pray for the injured officers.