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The FBI Now Says an Attack at UC Merced Last Year Was Inspired By ISIS

The student at University of California, Merced who last year stabbed four classmates now appears to have been inspired by ISIS. On November 4th, 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad stabbed a fellow student in a UC Merced classroom and then attacked three others as he fled on campus before police shot and killed him. Yesterday, the FBI announced that evidence, including his laptop containing “pro-Isil propaganda.” using an alternative acronym for ISIS and extremest websites he had visited “in the weeks prior to his attack,” pointed to ISIS-inspired motives. At the time of the stabbings, Mohammad was carrying a backpack with a two-page, handwritten plan “detailing his intentions to include taking hostages and killing students and police officers”, the FBI said in a statement. “After an extensive investigation of all available evidence, no ties to co-conspirators or foreign terrorist organizations have been found. Every indication is that Mohammad acted on his own; however, it may never be possible to definitively determine why he chose to attack people on the UC Merced campus.” All of the victims survived the attack.

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