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FBI investigating stabbing incident in Virginia, might be terrorism-related

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Fourth Estate Staff

Roanoke County, VA, United States (4E) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are now investigating the double-stabbing case in Virginia as they believe it might have been terror-related because the suspect allegedly yelled “Allah Akbar” during the Saturday attack.

The suspect, identified as Wasil Farooqui of Roanoke County, Virginia, has been charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding. He stabbed a man and a woman at an apartment complex. Witnesses said that he yelled the aforementioned phrase when he attacked the people. The phrase means “God is Great” in Arabic.

The victims told police officials that they entered the apartment building at around 8 P.M. on Saturday when Farooqui started to attack them. The male victim was able to fight off Farooqui and the suspect fled the scene. It was unclear what the extent of the victims’ injuries are.

The suspect was arrested after he came into the emergency room at a local hospital for treatment from the injuries he acquired related to the attack. Roanoke County Police said in a statement, “He met the description of the suspect in the stabbing. Further investigation by police led to the arrest of Mr. Farooqui .”

Twenty-year-old Farooqui is believed to have tried to behead the victims when he attacked them. He is now being detained at the Wester Virginia Regional Jail. He also reportedly told investigators that he was hearing voices telling him to attack someone. The voices also reportedly told him that he was stupid and told them that they did not know the people he attacked or why he attacked them.

Adam Lee, a special agent in charge of the Richmond Division of the FBI, said that they cannot discuss the details of the investigation yet but they are doing everything to determine the nature of the crime.


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