The FBI has launched a federal terrorism investigation into a weekend stabbing in Roanoke, Virginia, looking at whether the attacker may have been trying to behead his victim in an alleged ISIS-inspired assault, sources told ABC News.
Federal authorities have been aware of the alleged attacker, 20-year-old Wasil Farooqui of the Roanoke area, for some time, sources familiar with the case told ABC News. In the past year, sources said, he traveled to Turkey and may have tried to sneak into Syria, where ISIS is recruiting and inspiring sympathizers from around the world. …
On Saturday, Farooqui allegedly injured a man and woman at an apartment complex in Roanoke, yelling “Allahu akbar” — God is great — as he attacked them with a knife, sources told ABC News.
Authorities believe he may have been trying to behead the male victim, who was likely picked at random, ABC News was told. But on Tuesday — after news of the case surfaced nationwide — a spokeswoman for the Roanoke County Police said that while the male victim was cut “all over his body, including his neck,” police do not believe the case looks like a beheading attempt.