Last night, four people were stabbed by a man wielding a machete at a restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. Fortunately, all are expected to survive their injuries. The assailant fled the scene, but authorities caught up with him and eventually shot and killed him. The assailant was later identified as Mohammed Barry who is believed to be of Somali origin who has spent time in Dubai.
Columbus PD have stated they believe the attack was random. However, Barry was in the restaurant 30 to 45 minutes prior to the attack and then returned with the machete. This was no random attack.
However, Hany Baransi, owner of the Nazareth Restaurant & Deli, sees things differently. Baransi told a reporter with WCMH, the NBC affiliate in Columbus, that Barry had asked the employee where he was from. The employee told Barry that Baransi was originally from Israel. Barry also asked about Baransi’s whereabouts and the food on the menu. Baransi is a Christian born in Haifa and has an American and Israeli flag in his restaurant. Well, there’s your motive. In any case, the FBI is now investigating the incident as a “lone wolf terrorist attack”. There are an awful lot of lone wolves out there.
All I can say at this point is that if you live in Columbus or the surrounding area or planning to visit Columbus in the near future, it would be a nice thing to visit the Nazareth Restaurant & Deli to show your support for Mr. Baransi and have a falafel and maybe some shish kabob. It would be the American thing to do.