Saturday night, there was a stabbing in Roanoke, Virginia which thankfully didn’t result in any deaths. Attacker Wasil Farooqui was heard shouting “Allahu Akbar” (which I’m sure has NOTHING to do with Islam) while he attacked a man and woman outside their apartment. In the end, Farooqui ended up getting caught as he checked himself into a hospital for his own injuries suffered when his potential victims fought back. He’s now held without bail, and faces two counts of aggravated malicious wounding, but that may not be all.
Via Fox News
Federal authorities are investigating a weekend stabbing in Virginia to see whether the attacker may have been trying to behead a victim and whether the attack was inspired by the Islamic State terror group.
“The FBI is working with the Roanoke County Police Department following the incident that occurred on Saturday evening,” said Adam Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Division.
“While I cannot discuss details of the investigation at this time, I do want to reassure the community that we are working to determine the nature of the incident,” Lee said.
According to ABC News, Farooqui had traveled to Turkey in the last year and may have tried to sneak into Syria to meet with ISIS militants.
Farooqui allegedly attack a man and woman at an apartment complex in Roanoke, according to WDBJ-7. Both victims were seriously injured in the attack. Witnesses told authorities that Farooqi was yelling “Allahu Akbar.”
Authorities believe that Farooqui may have been trying to behead the male victim, according to ABC News. Investigators said that there was no connection between Farooqui and the victims.
A U.S. intelligence source tells CBS News Farooqui has been on the FBI’s radar for months and is believed to be self-radicalized.
That source says authorities aren’t sure whether Farooqui is an American citizen.
Gosh, what do you all think was the cause here? Climate change? Workplace violence? There are so many possibilities!
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]