Syrian Refugee Kills Police in Fargo – Mass-Casualty Event Narrowly Averted

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Police Chief Dave Zibolski gives a news conference July 15 about an attack on police and firefighters by a gunman, who killed one officer and injured two others - via AP screenshot
  • Mohamad Barakat, a Syrian national who came to the U.S. on an asylum request in 2012 and became a U.S. citizen in 2019, ambushed Fargo police officers responding to a fender bender, killing one officer and critically injuring two others and a bystander.
  • Barakat had conducted internet searches related to violence, mass shootings, and explosives and he had with him a big arsenal of guns, ammunition, a grenade and propane tanks filled with explosive. His original intention was apparently a much bigger and bloodier mass-shooting at one of two fairs taking place near the scene at the time.
  • After three out of the four police officers at the scene were shot, the fourth officer, though significantly out-gunned, succeeded in killing Barakat after a two-minute gun battle.
  • Barakat had been reported to the Guardian Threat Tracking System but had no known criminal record or ties to a specific community in Fargo.  Read More

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