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A hatchet attack on rookie New York police officers was a "terrorist act" carried out by a self-radicalized loner who had been in the military and recently converted to Islam, police said. "This was a terrorist act," police commissioner Bill Bratton told a news conference Friday, a day after the attack, saying he was "very comfortable" describing it as a "terrorist attack." Police said Zale Thompson, 32, had looked at websites about terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State, and acts of violence, including beheadings and Wednesday's deadly attack in Canada. Officer Kenneth Healy, 25, is in hospital in a critical but stable condition after being injured in the back of the head during the attack Thursday in broad daylight in a busy shopping area of Queens.