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Nov 6, 2009 8:27 AM by sleonard

Radical ties not ruled out in deadly Army post shooting

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A senior U.S. official in Washington isn't ruling out the possibility that the alleged Fort Hood shooter had ties to radical groups, but isn't saying whether there's
evidence to back it up.
Officials now say a 13th person has died in yesterday's rampage in Texas and 30 were wounded. Authorities at first thought one of the dead was the shooter, accounting for a delay in identifying
him.
As military officials try to piece together what may have pushed Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan to turn on his comrades, the wounded suspect is on a ventilator, unconscious and under guard in a hospital.
Law enforcement officials say Hasan came to their attention at least six months ago, because of Internet postings about suicide bombings and other threats. It's not yet certain he authored the
posts.
Officials are also not ruling out the possibility that some of the casualties may have been victims of "friendly fire."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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