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A former US marine allegedly planned to carry out an attack on Pier 39 in San Francisco over the holidays, according to a criminal complaint filed in court in California today.   
 
Everitt Aaron Jameson had supported ISIS on social media and discussed his plans with undercover FBI employees to conduct a San Bernardino or New York style attack, using weapons and explosives, in San Francisco.   A search warrant was executed at his home on Wednesday and authorities found his will, and a letter saying ìlong live Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,î saying ìyou all have brought this upon yourselves,î and charging ìyouíve allowed Donald Trump to give Al Quds away to the Jews,î in a reference to Jerusalem.   He goes on to say ìWe have penetrated and infiltrated your disgusting country.î   
 
The FBI documents reveal that firearms, empty magazines, ammunition, and fireworks were also found at his Modesto home. 
 
The complaint also says Jameson was discharged from the Marine Corps for ìfraudulent enlistmentî for failing to disclose ìa latent asthma history.î
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A former US marine allegedly planned to carry out an attack on Pier 39 in San Francisco over the holidays, according to a criminal complaint filed in court in California today. Everitt Aaron Jameson had supported ISIS on social media and discussed his plans with undercover FBI employees to conduct a San Bernardino or New York style attack, using weapons and explosives, in San Francisco. A search warrant was executed at his home on Wednesday and authorities found his will, and a letter saying ìlong live Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,î saying ìyou all have brought this upon yourselves,î and charging ìyouíve allowed Donald Trump to give Al Quds away to the Jews,î in a reference to Jerusalem. He goes on to say ìWe have penetrated and infiltrated your disgusting country.î The FBI documents reveal that firearms, empty magazines, ammunition, and fireworks were also found at his Modesto home. The complaint also says Jameson was discharged from the Marine Corps for ìfraudulent enlistmentî for failing to disclose ìa latent asthma history.î
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Investigators inspect a truck following a shooting incident in New York on October 31, 2017. Several people were killed and numerous others injured in New York on Tuesday when a suspect plowed a vehicle into a bike and pedestrian path in Lower Manhattan, and struck another vehicle on Halloween, police said. A suspect exited the vehicle holding up fake guns, before being shot by police and taken into custody, officers said. The motive was not immediately apparent. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
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Brodie and Sean Copeland, the Americans killed in Nice, were in Nice to celebrate a birthday with the rest of their family, Sean's niece Haley Copeland posted to social media. 
Another niece, Heather Copeland, asked for prayers on social media for her family. 
Approved to report by Row's Anissa Wells. 
Heather Copeland tweeted: "I don't even know how to put this in words. Today was a very tradgic day for my family. My Uncle Sean and my cousin Brodie Copeland were killed today in a teriorist attack in Nice France while they were on vacation. A huge box truck ran over and killed 80 plus people and injured over 100. Please keep my family and all the other family's affected by the tragic event that occurred tonight in your prayers. #PrayForNice #PrayersForFrance"
Haley Copeland tweeted her Facebook post: "By now many of you have heard about the 80 people that have died in nice, France today from a terrorist attack driving through a parade. 2 of those 80 people were American and those 2 people happen to be Uncle Sean and 11 year old cousin Brodie. They were there on vacation with my two other cousins and aunt celebrating a birthday. This is an extremely difficult time for my family and anyone who knows Sean and Brodie Copeland. Losing a love one is hard no matter the circumstances but losing a loved one in such a tragic and unexpected way in unbearable. Prayers are much appreciated. #CopelandFamily #nice"
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Americans killed in Nice Brodie and Sean Copeland, the Americans killed in Nice, were in Nice to celebrate a birthday with the rest of their family, Sean's niece Haley Copeland posted to social media. Another niece, Heather Copeland, asked for prayers on social media for her family. Approved to report by Row's Anissa Wells. Heather Copeland tweeted: "I don't even know how to put this in words. Today was a very tradgic day for my family. My Uncle Sean and my cousin Brodie Copeland were killed today in a teriorist attack in Nice France while they were on vacation. A huge box truck ran over and killed 80 plus people and injured over 100. Please keep my family and all the other family's affected by the tragic event that occurred tonight in your prayers. #PrayForNice #PrayersForFrance" Haley Copeland tweeted her Facebook post: "By now many of you have heard about the 80 people that have died in nice, France today from a terrorist attack driving through a parade. 2 of those 80 people were American and those 2 people happen to be Uncle Sean and 11 year old cousin Brodie. They were there on vacation with my two other cousins and aunt celebrating a birthday. This is an extremely difficult time for my family and anyone who knows Sean and Brodie Copeland. Losing a love one is hard no matter the circumstances but losing a loved one in such a tragic and unexpected way in unbearable. Prayers are much appreciated. #CopelandFamily #nice"
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Mexican police agents patrol near a nightclub in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Ro state, Mexico where 5 people were killed, three of them foreigners, during a music festival on January 16, 2017. A shooting erupted at an electronic music festival in the Mexican resort of Playa del Carmen early Monday, leaving at least five people dead and sparking a stampede, the mayor said. Fifteen people were injured, some in the stampede, after at least one shooter opened fire before dawn at the Blue Parrot nightclub during the BPM festival. / AFP PHOTO / STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images
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The Department of Homeland Security is calling a series of shootings targeting law enforcement in Pennsylvania a “terror attack.”

Authorities said Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty, 51, was shot and killed by police Friday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, after he fired several times at law enforcement officers throughout the city.

The string of shootings began just steps from the state’s Capitol building when El-Mofty fired several times at a Capitol Police officer and then, shot and injured at a state trooper. Later, he used two handguns to open fire at several officers who then returned fire and killed him, according to a statement from the Dauphin County district attorney’s office.

Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty
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Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said there was “no doubt that he was directly targeting police officers,” CNN affiliate WGAL reported.

Tyler Houlton, acting DHS press secretary, referred to the incident as a terror attack in a statement released Saturday. He said the incident highlights the “Trump administration’s concerns with extended family chain migration.”

El-Mofty was a naturalized US citizen who came to the country on a “family-based immigrant visa,” Houlton said.

“Both chain migration and the diversity visa lottery program have been exploited by terrorists to attack our country,” Houlton said, adding that “the programs make it more difficult to keep dangerous people out of the United States and to protect the safety of every American.”

Local authorities have not confirmed whether they consider the incident as a terror attack. Earlier on Saturday, Republican Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania, a member of the House homeland security committee, said only that he was going to monitor the incident “for potential links to terrorism.”

District Attorney Marsico’s office issued a statement saying authorities were seeking any information on El-Mofty, who, according to the statement , “has spent time in both Dauphin and Cumberland counties and recently was in the Middle East.”

CNN’s Joe Sutton and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.