At least 2 heavily armed snipers shot and killed 5 Dallas police officers and wounded 6 more at a peaceful rally in downtown Dallas, TX on Thursday.
4 Dallas police officers and 1 DART officer were killed in another terrorist attack that shocked the nation.
6 officers are fighting for their lives in area hospitals.
Armed with high-powered rifles, the snipers fired on the officers from rooftops and a parking garage after a peaceful protest march ended in downtown Dallas Thursday evening.
3 suspects, including one female, are in custody and a 4th suspect died after a police robot detonated a bomb during a tense 3 hour standoff with police inside a parking garage.
Before he died, the sniper threatened the lives of officers, saying, "the end is near." He claimed there were bombs planted all over Dallas.
A Dallas police official later said no bombs were found after two sweeps of the downtown area.
Officials say the suspects in custody are not talking or cooperating with police.
According to the Santa Monica Observer, the suspects are self-described "Islamic Americans who attended a Nation of Islam mosque in the South Dallas area."
It appears the suspects took advantage of the planned protests to kill as many officers as possible in retaliation for military action in Syria.
"There is no justification for these kinds of attacks" said U.S. President Barack Obama speaking at a NATO meeting in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday.
The Obama administration has resettled thousands of refugees from Syria over the past 7 years. Critics say islamist extremists are among the refugees entering this country to join "sleeper cells".
Orlando gunman Omar Mateen warned of more attacks on American soil after killing 49 people at a gay bar in June.
The well-planned, coordinated attack on Dallas law enforcement followed the highly publicized police shooting deaths of 2 black men in Baton Rouge and Minnesota this week.
On Thursday, the Black Lives Matter activist group organized protests in major cities, demanding justice for the police shooting deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.
Castile, 32, was shot and killed by a Minnesota cop as he reached for his wallet on Wednesday.
Sterling, 37, died during a confrontation with 2 Baton Rouge police officers while selling CDs outside a convenience store early Wednesday morning.
Dallas office workers are urged to stay home from work on Friday as investigators continue to comb the massive crime scene for more evidence.
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