A man in Roanoke County is in custody after attacking a couple in an apartment complex. The man, Wasil Farooqui, slashed the victims with a knife while allegedly shouting “Allahu Akbar.” The couple doesn’t know Farooqui. Apparently he selected them at random to be attacked.
The male victim has neck wounds, but the police says this doesn’t look like an attempted beheading. The victim apparently has wounds all over his body.
He was able to fight off Farooqui, though, forcing him to flee. Farooqui was captured when he showed up wounded at the same emergency room where the victims were being treated. Not too smart.
Farooqui has been charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding and is being held without bond. Why not charge him with attempted murder, I wonder.
An FBI special agent is on the scene now. He assures the community that the FBI is “working to determine the nature of the incident.”
The nature of the incident seems clear enough. Surely, it is terrorism.
The big are questions, it seems to me, are how Farooqui got this point (e.g., who inspired him) and whether a terrorist organization was in any way involved in this attack. Given that Farooqui went to the emergency room, it seems unlikely that he had a network assisting him directly, but we will see, I assume.