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  • Experts confront multiple explanations for surge of killings

    Associated Press - 07/28/2016

    Max Abrahms, a terrorism analyst who teaches political science at Northeastern University, has been using the term “loon wolf” to depict individuals whose attacks are as much the product of mental instability as of any form of radical ideology.

    “They’re seeing others do this and replicating their behaviors,” said Abrahms, who suggested the phenomenon will be troublesome for counterterrorism investigators.

    “Historically, governments were looking for people who seemed to be undergoing radicalization,” he said. “Now, we’re looking at people committing similar acts, but in some cases with no evidence they were being radicalized and maybe were being driven by mental instability.”

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