Incident Summary:

08/20/2016: An assailant stabbed and injured two civilians at an apartment complex in Roanoke, Virginia, United States. The assailant was also injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources identified the assailant as Wasil Farooqui.

GTD ID:
201608200042

When:
2016-08-20

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Virginia

City:
Roanoke

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A knife was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information "There is doubt this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Although the assailant shouted ""Allahu Akbar"" during the assault, he later told the court that he was hearing voices when he carried out the attack."
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 2
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
Sources
"A U.S. IMMIGRANT SURVIVED A POSSIBLE TERROR ATTACK; IT MAY HAVE SAVED HIM FROM DEPORTATION," Newsweek, December 12, 2016."
"FBI Investigating Possible ISIS-Inspired Knife Attack in Virginia," ABC News, August 23, 2016."
"Roanoke attacker told police he 'was hearing voices'," The Washington Post, August 24, 2016."