FBI Investigating Possible ISIS Inspired Knife Attack In Virginia

The FBI has launched a federal terrorism investigation into a weekend stabbing in Roanoke, Virginia, trying to determine whether the attacker may have been trying to behead his victim in an alleged ISIS-inspired assault.

According to ABC News, federal authorities have been aware of 20-year-old Wasil Farooqui, of the Roanoke area, for some time. According to ABC‘s sources, in the past year, he traveled to Turkey and may have tried to sneak into Syria, where ISIS is recruiting and inspiring sympathizers from across the world.

Farooqui was arrested Saturday by Roanoke County Police on charges of assault with malicious wounding. Farooqui is being held without bail at the Western Virginia Regional Jail.

The ISIS suspicion stems from the stabbing. Farooqui allegedly injured a man and woman at an apartment complex in Roanoke, yelling “Allah Akbar” as he attacked them with a knife. Authorities believe he may have been trying to behead the male victim, who was likely picked at random, sources told ABC News.

Adam Lee, the head of the FBI’s Richmond field office, said:

“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.”

Farooqui and his two alleged victims were hospitalized after the attack. All of their post-attack health conditions were not clear.

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