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Attacks on police: Inspired or directed by militant groups?

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DALLAS -

Police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota were followed by calls from black militant groups and others to seek vengeance against officers.
    
Almost immediately, several officers were attacked, including the five slain by a sniper in Dallas. Authorities are now investigating whether the Dallas gunman was directed by those groups or merely emboldened by them.
    
Police have been tight-lipped about exactly what they're investigating and what they've uncovered so far. Although Micah Johnson was connected to several militant groups on social media, it's unclear if he was merely a follower or a more active participant.
    
Similar questions have been raised by international terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State group.
    
Law enforcement agencies across the nation have been on guard for threats.

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