Philadelphia assailant described as devout Muslim

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Philadelphia Police Department image shows Edward Archer who allegedly shot a policeman while claiming to have pledged allegiance to the group that calls itself the Islamic State. REUTERS/Philadelphia Police.

Philadelphia Police Department image shows Edward Archer who allegedly shot a policeman while claiming to have pledged allegiance to the group that calls itself the Islamic State. REUTERS/Philadelphia Police.

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Two people who knew him described a pious man who began expressing interest in Islam in his teenage years and devoted his life to religion.