Friday, August 18, 2023

What was the motive behind Mohamad Barakat's attack on Fargo officers?

 According to the available news reports, the exact reason why Mohamad Barakat ambushed Fargo officers is not known. However, investigators have found that he was on his way to carry out a mass casualty attack in Fargo at a parade on July 14 when he opened fire on police officers responding to a car crash

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 He killed one officer and injured two others before being taken out. Police say they have not found any evidence that he was a religious fanatic, and believe instead that he was motivated purely by hate and fascinated by mass shootings
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 Barakat had a history of researching mass casualty events and collecting weaponry
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 He became a naturalized US citizen in 2019
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It is also known that he was interviewed by police in 2022 about his ownership of guns and propane tanks
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 His pre-immigration background back in Syria is reportedly the subject of a federal probe
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According to news reports, the FBI received an anonymous tip about Barakat expressing interest in guns in 2021, and he was interviewed by the FBI and Fargo Police Department
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 The authorities are also investigating Barakat's pre-immigration background back in Syria
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 Additionally, investigators are looking into how Barakat obtained the firearms he used in the attack and whether he had any accomplices
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 The authorities have not disclosed any further information about the ongoing investigations.


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