Muslim refugee’ inflicts ‘carnage’ inside Ohio restaurant…WITH A MACHETE
Muslim immigrant goes on machete rampage inside restaurant owned by Israeli
A Muslim immigrant from Africa unleashed a bloody machete attack on patrons at a restaurant owned by a Christian Arab Israeli in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday night and the FBI is now investigating it as a possible act of “lone-wolf” terrorism.
CBS News was first to identify the attacker, who entered the Nazareth Mediterranean Restaurant and began slashing people, as a man named Mohamed Barry. CBS reported Barry had a background from Somalia but a family friend told WND Saturday that Barry was originally from Guinea in west Africa. Columbus Police have yet to confirm his country of origin.
Barry was known to the FBI, but not under full-scale investigation, law enforcement sources told ABC News. He was in a law enforcement database which includes names potentially related to terrorism, sources said.
“He came to each table and just started hitting them,” one of the diners, Karen Bass, told CBS News. “There was a man on the floor bleeding. There was blood on the floor. It was awful. It was just carnage.”
Four people were wounded in the machete attack, one critically.
The owner of the restaurant, Hany Baransi, who is a Christian Arab from Israel, said he had not taken a day off since Jan. 2 but took off Thursday night because of a migraine headache. He is a proud Israeli citizen who flies the Israeli flag in his restaurant.
“Obviously we were targeted because there’s a whole bunch of businesses around here,” he told the Columbus Dispatch.
As an Arab Christian who supports Israel, he described himself as “the minor, minor, minor of the minority. So nobody likes me.”
Watch restaurant owner Hany Baransi’s interview with the Columbus
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