Fort Hood’s 2009 shooting was inspired by al-Qaida, FBI Director James Comey said during a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, questioned the bureau’s director at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the 2009 attack at Fort Hood, where 13 people were killed and more than 30 were wounded. Cornyn’s office released a transcript of the questioning. When Cornyn asked Comey if he believed former Army Maj. Nidal Hasan was inspired by the known terrorist organization, Comey responded, “Yes, sir. Based on everything I’ve read. Again, I wasn’t in office at the time, but I’ve read about it since, and I do.”

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

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