Knife-wielding woman wearing ISIS bandana tries to stab shop worker in store attack
A woman has been arrested after allegedly trying to stab a shop assistant while wearing an Islamic State bandana and shouting “Allahu Akbar” in the immediate aftermath of the London Bridge attacks.
The suspect is said to have walked into the Cedarbrae Mall in Scarborough, Toronto, Canada, soon after news broke of the fatal terror attack on the UK capital broke on Saturday.
She allegedly entered the Canadian Tire store and screamed “Allahu Akbar”, which translates to “God is greatest”, at employees before swinging a golf club at them.
A source told Global News that she then pulled a knife before store workers tackled her before police arrived and arrested her.
The suspect, who has been named as Rehab Dughmosh, appeared to be wearing a bandana bearing the ISIS flag, the source said.
She has been charged with one count of assault, two counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of possession with a weapon, carrying a concealed weapon and another for threatening death bodily harm.
The defendant appeared in court on Tuesday and reportedly made reference to the terrorist group and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
CBC reported that Dughmosh, wearing a black niqab, green sweatshirt and pants, spoke before the judge had opened proceedings, and said: “I am pledged to the leaders of the believers, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.”
She is due to return to court for a second hearing later this month.
The incident happened on Saturday afternoon, in the hours after the London Bridge attack.
Three extremists – Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba – drove a hired van onto the pavement and ploughed into pedestrians before getting out and stabbing people in Borough Market.
They killed seven people and injured 48 before being shot dead by police eight minutes after the first 999 call.