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Roanoke County police: suspect yelled "Allah Akbar" during attack

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ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS 10) - UPDATE: Roanoke County Police say the suspect involved in stabbing was yelling Allah Akbar during the attack.

The FBI is now helping the police department investigate the incident.

"The FBI is working with the Police Department following the incident that occurred on Saturday evening," said Adam Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Richmond Division. "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."


Roanoke County Police are investigating a reported stabbing at The Pines Apartments in the 4300 block of Banbury Lane. Authorities said dispatch received a call just before 8:00 p.m. that a male and female had been attacked as they entered the apartment building. Both were attacked with a knife and severely injured.

According to police, the male was able to fight off the attacker who fled the scene. Roanoke County Fire & Rescue transported both victims to a nearby hospital. While officers were at the hospital with the victims, a male identified as 20-year old Wasil Farooqui of Roanoke County, came into the emergency room suffering from injuries of his own said authorities. Police said Farooqui met the description of the suspect in the stabbing. Police arrested Mr. Farooqui who faces charges of two counts of aggravated malicious wounding. He is being held without bond at the Western Virginia Regional Jail.

Police said the incident is believed to be a random attack and Mr. Farooqui had no connection to the two victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Roanoke County Police Department at (540) 562-3265.