Virginia Stabbing – Roanoke: Two people were stabbed on Saturday in what the FBI is now calling a possible terrorism related incident. Wasil Farooqui, 20, was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding.
A couple was entering The Pines Apartments in Roanoke, when they were attacked by a man with a knife. In the struggle, both of the people were seriously wounded. The man was able to fight off the attacker, and both people survived. The couple is in the hospital, their condition unknown.
The attack appeared to be random.
The attacker himself was injured. As he entered the emergency room, police noted that he matched the description of the attacker, and subsequently arrested him. He happened to go to the same hospital where the victims had been taken.
The couple’s names have not been released.
Witnesses said that Wasil Farooqui shouted “allahu akbar” (written ‘allah akbar’ by Virginia news media) as he allegedly attempted to behead the male. When police were advised of that fact, they notified the FBI.
Sources:FBI investigating weekend stabbing in Virginia as possible ISIS-inspired attack, looking at whether attacker wanted to behead victim
— Mike Levine (@MLevineReports) August 23, 2016
— Patrick Poole (@pspoole) August 23, 2016
The FBI is now investigating the event as ISIS-linked. The Feds were aware of Mr. Farooqui for some time, as he traveled to Turkey within the past year, and had planned to cross into Syria while on that trip.
“The FBI is working with the Police Department following the incident that occurred on Saturday evening. 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.” Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Richmond Division
Farooqui is being held without bail in the Western Virginia Regional Jail.While the online jail records say he was born in the US and is a citizen, authorities are not sure that he really is one.
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