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Attempted Beheading in Rome in Possible ISIS Copycat Attack

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A man screaming “Allahu Akbar” put a knife to the throat of a tourist in Rome, Italy after forcing her to her knees.

He grabbed 26-year-old Chiara Frisco in Rome’s iconic Coliseum, and held her hostage for several minutes. During this time he screamed “It is God that sends me.”

When police arrived, the attacker tried to drag Frisco through the crowded Forum, but police were able to disarm and arrest him.

One of the officers who intervened at the scene told reporters “He made the girl kneel and held the knife to her throat. It seemed like an ISIS film that you see online. I was afraid that he would cut her throat but we could not shoot, there were too many people.”

No terrorist groups have taken responsibility for the attack, nor is it being reported on Islamic State-aligned accounts on social media, despite the stylistic similarities with the Islamic State’s trademark beheading videos. 

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David Harris

David Harris is the editor in chief of Clarion Project.