A Toronto woman was arrested this weekend after allegedly swinging a golf club at store employees at a Scarborough mall before pulling out a knife.
According to witnesses, the woman was masked with an ISIS bandana and screaming “Allahu Akbar!”
The Toronto Sun reports that the bandana-masked, golf-club-wielding woman, Rehab Dughmosh, 32, now faces “two counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of possession of a weapon, threaten death or bodily harm, and carrying a concealed weapon.” Her alleged attack, the outlet notes, occurred around the same time as the London Bridge rampage that left seven dead and dozens injured.
Dughmosh entered the mall Saturday afternoon, around the same time as the ISIS-inspired London Bridge rampage that left seven dead and dozens injured. According to sources, the woman first entered Cedarbrae Mall and eventually made her way into the Canadian Tire store, where she walked into the paint section.
At some point, she masked her face with an ISIS banana and began to swing a golf club at store employees while screaming out Islamic chants:
She ranted “Allahu Akbar” – God is great – before swinging a golf club at employees, sources said. The woman was restrained by several employees, who allegedly found a knife on her.
Global News provides some more details:
A source confirms the incident took place at Scarborough’s Cedarbrae Mall in the city’s east end.
The woman was reportedly wearing a niqab and a bandana adorned with what appeared to be a symbol for the so-called Islamic State group.
A Canadian Tire employee told Global News on Tuesday the suspect attempted to attack a store worker with a golf club and then pulled out a knife.
The suspect was eventually tackled inside the store and arrested by police, according to the source.
The incident follows several radical Islam-inspired attacks on shopping areas that have occurred in western countries, including the stabbing rampage in St. Cloud, Minnesota last September, in which Somali refugee Dahir Ahmed Adan wounded 10 people, stabbing victims in the head, neck and chest with a steak knife before being shot and killed by an off-duty cop, who was thankfully armed. ISIS claimed responsibility, calling Adan a “soldier of the Islamic State.”