US experts warn of rise of 'lone-wolf' type local jihadis after Osma's death
New York, May 9 (ANI): The death of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden won't produce a clone of the terror mastermind, but could create more lone-wolf types jihadis operating locally rather than from overseas, American experts have warned.
The next generation of terrorists could live much closer to home.
"New York has always been concerned with this prospect," said Don Borelli, a former head of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
"With the emergence of English-speaking leaders pushing a more leaderless jihad, telling recruits to 'do what you can do,' you don't have to go to Pakistan for training," said Borelli, now with the Soufan Group, a consulting firm.
Two recent New York terror plots - Faisal Shahzad's botched Times Square bombing and college student Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari's foiled bombing campaign - were both planned as solo efforts, the Daily News reports.
Major Nidal Hasan carried out the Fort Hood massacre of 13 alone, while a lone suspect in Portland, was busted for a planned bombing at a Portland Christmas tree lighting celebration.
Shahzad, unlike the other three, received training and financing from abroad. But they still had plenty in common, the Daily News reports.
"You get people who are off the radar screen, and they're self-radicalized. They can download things. And they have some sort of loose connection to Al Qaeda," said Rep. Peter King (R-Nassau), head of the House Homeland Security committee.
Still, experts say, the one-man jihads likely won't fill the void left by bin Laden's slaying the 9/11 mastermind played twin roles in Al Qaeda: Its taunting public spokesman, and its charismatic commander in chief. (ANI)
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