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ISIS Suspect shot and killed by Boston police

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:01 GMT, Jun 3, 2015 |
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A man under federal surveillance was shot and killed by Boston Police Tuesday (June 2) after allegedly attempting to attack an officer with a knife. Police say it happened around 7:00 am EDT (1100 GMT) when the man was approached by an officer and FBI agent outside of a CVS drugstore. Officials say that the man was being investigated for alleged ties to the Islamic State. The suspect, who was described as being in his 20’s, was wielding a military-style knife and shot by Boston Police after he allegedly lunged at an officer. Authorities say the officer and agent asked the man to put the knife down before they opened fire.

“He has been identified as Usaama Rahim, a 26 year old male who resides in Roslindale. Again it’s an active investigation. We really can’t go into too much detail. Again it’s an investigation that’s been going on for some time by the Joint Terrorism Task Force. And again I’ve always said it’s a difficult part of our job when we have to take a life but clearly in these circumstances both the FBI and Boston Police did everything they could possible do to get this individual to drop his knife and at some point unfortunately we had to take his life,” Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said. Rahim was taken to a local hospital and later pronounced dead. There were no other injuries.