Machete Attack in Ohio Yet Another Case of 'Known Wolf' Terrorism
The man who attacked patrons and staff of an Israeli-owned restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, last Thursday evening and was later killed in a confrontation with police had already been investigated by the FBI and was on the terror watch list, in what is yet another example of what I have termed "Known Wolf" terrorism.
As I reported at PJ Media on Friday, Mohammad Barry, 30, entered the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli after 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. After asking questions about where the owner of the restaurant was from, Barry left. He returned about 30 minutes later with a machete and began attacking those inside.
Four individuals were taken to the hospital. Police caught up with Barry about five miles from the scene, where he was shot and killed after lunging at police with the machete and a knife.
Now, more details are emerging about the suspect.
According to Barry's uncle, he moved to Ohio two years ago from Philadelphia. An immigrant from Guinea (not Somalia, as had been initially reported by CBS News), he was in the U.S. on a green card. His uncle states that Barry was supposed to be married three weeks from now.
The uncle also states that he received a mysterious text message from Barry before the attack:
The uncle says he knew something wasn’t right when he received a strange text message from Barry just five hours before the attack.
He says the message was in Arabic and English, but didn’t understand the meaning. His uncle couldn’t show or read the text because he said the FBI now has his phone.
The owner of the restaurant, Hany Barsani, told The Tower that Barry had shouted "Allah Akbar" as he attacked police (Barsani was not a witness to this, presumably he had been informed of it):
According to authorities, Nazareth’s employees and patrons fought back and threw chairs at Barry, who fled the eatery after injuring four diners. He led cops on a five-mile chase before his vehicle spun off the road and, armed with his machete and another knife, he lunged at the officers.
“He yelled ‘Allahu Akbar’ and then he attacked them with the machete and that’s when they shot him and killed him,” Baransi said.
Baransi says that he believes the attack was an incident of terrorism. In fact, Barry had been on the FBI's radar more than four years ago, according to NBC News:
An Ohio man who slashed four restaurant patrons with a machete and was later killed by police had come to the attention of the FBI four years ago for radical comments, law enforcement officials said.
Agents took a brief look at Mohamed Barry but moved on, the officials said. The officials did not elaborate on the radical comments.