The random stabbing of a couple in Roanoke County, Virginia, on Saturday is now being investigated as a possible ISIS-inspired terror attack, according to reports.
Witnesses to the incident say that the suspect under arrest, Wasil Farooqui, was shouting “Allah Akbar” while attacking a man and woman at their apartment building Saturday evening.
Several media outlets are reporting the FBI’s involvement in the case:
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
The Roanoke Times reports:
Roanoke County Police arrested a man in connection with a Saturday night stabbing that injured a man and a woman at The Pines Apartments, off Virginia 419.
Wasil Farooqui, 20, went to a hospital to seek medical care for his own injuries. He matched the description of the suspect and, following further investigation, was arrested, according to a news release.
Farooqui is charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding and is being held at the Western Virginia Regional Jail without bond, according to the release.
Officers went to the 4300 block of Banbury Lane after receiving a call around 8 p.m. on Saturday indicating that a man and woman had been attacked with a knife while entering the apartment building. The man fought off the attacker, who then fled, according to the release.
Police believe the attack was random, and that Farooqui has no connection to the victims, according to the release.
WDJB7 adds these details:
The FBI is now involved in a stabbing investigation in Roanoke County.
Wasil Farooqui is charged in the incident that seriously hurt a man and woman at the The Pines Apartments on Saturday.
Witnesses told police that during the attack Farooqui was yelling “Allah Akbar.”
He remains in jail tonight without bond.
Earlier today a woman wearing a hijab injured three people with a machete in Uccle, Belgium, a suburb of Brussels, and was later shot in a confrontation with police.
A woman has stabbed up to three people on a bus in a suburb of the Belgian capital Brussels https://t.co/HbiHQwp1OT
— Sky News (@SkyNews) August 22, 2016
— Vocal Europe (@thevocaleurope) August 22, 2016
Here is video of the confrontation with the woman filmed by a bystander:
Predictably, authorities invoked the woman’s “mental illness”.
The incidents in Roanoke County over the weekend and Belgium today are added to a growing list of incidents as ISIS calls on supporters to use baseball bats and power screwdrivers in a new video released this weekend, as reported by Bridget Johnson here at PJ Media yesterday.