The Jihadi Attack in North Dakota
So, why haven’t you heard about this attack?
This week, emerging accounts would indicate that a jihadi terrorist ambushed and murdered 23-year-old Fargo, North Dakota, rookie police officer Jake Wallin, a Minnesota Army National Guard vet who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The Islamist assailant wounded two other officers and a civilian bystander before a fourth officer, Zach Robinson, killed the assailant.
The assault was reminiscent of a jihadi ambush on a Tennessee military installation almost eight years ago to the day. Both the attacks occurred in the week of Eid al-Ghadir on the Islamic calendar, observed by Shia Muslims as among the most significant Islamic holidays.
Authorities believe that the assailant, a Syrian national who was granted entry into the U.S. on a 2012 asylum request, was on his way to commit mass murder of those attending the second day of a Fargo Street festival — where thousands were in attendance. It is believed he used an auto accident involving other vehicles as a diversion to begin his assault before moving to his primary target, the festival. This is also similar to the Tennessee attack, as that Islamist began his attack in one location, believed to be a diversion to draw police away from his primary target so he could inflict maximum carnage.
The Fargo assailant attack plan was clear. State Attorney General Drew Wrigley noted investigators had thus far determined that the assailant had Internet searches for terms including “kill fast,” “explosive ammo,” “incendiary rounds,” and “mass shooting events,” all of which indicated he had been planning this attack for some time. The night before his assault, he searched for “area events where there are crowds,” which resulted in headlines for two events, the Red River Valley Fair and the Downtown Fargo Street Fair.
He was armed with more than 1,800 rounds of ammunition, three containers of gasoline, and two propane tanks, one of which was, according to Wrigley, half-filled with “explosive materials concocted at home, purchased lawfully.”
If not for the actions of Officer Robinson, the news about this incident would be very different. Wrigley said that Robinson was “the last man standing in that blue line at that moment. What he was standing between was not just the horrible events that were unfolding there, but between the horrible events that Mohamad Barakat had envisioned, planned, and intended and armed himself for that day.”
Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski added: “It is clear that this individual was a calculated, insidious, murderous individual dead set on hurting, killing as many people as possible. He had the intent, he had the commitment, he had the means. There is evil in the world, this guy was one of them. He was an evil individual.”
According to Wrigley: “Motive. Obvious motive to kill. I mean driven by hate, driven by wanting to kill.” Wrigley noted a report about the assailant was in the FBI’s Guardian system, officially known as the Terrorist Threat and Suspicious Incident Tracking System, but he said there was no clear evidence “the shooting was not motivated by religious beliefs.”
As for the assailant’s Muslim affiliations, local media reported, “A family member’s request made to local mosque leaders to handle Barakat’s funeral arrangements has been refused, said Sajid Ghauri, an adviser to the Moorhead mosque, known as the Moorhead Fargo Islamic Center.” Ghauri explained: “We have no clue whether he was even Muslim because his action doesn’t show that. So with that being said … we refused to do a funeral or burial in this area. Even if he’s a member, he can’t mess with our community like that.”
Wait, what? “Even if he’s a member”? Well, apparently he can mess with your community like that.
So, why haven’t you heard about this attack?
If this had been perpetrated by one of Joe Biden’s white supremacist bogeymen hiding around every corner, it would have been front-page news. Of course, Democrats and their Leftmedia talkingheads and scribes bury anything that does not fit their political narrative. That would include the politically inconvenient truth about race and violence, which they attempt to pass off as “gun violence” or, more recently, “structural racism,” which can only be solved by gun control.
Waiting to hear from the FBI about the assailant’s motives… Waiting on Biden to blame it on “gun violence,” though for some reason he has not wanted to draw attention to the attack…
We offer our prayers for the family of Jake Wallin, with eternal gratitude, as with all officers killed in the line of duty listed on our End of Watch page.
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