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FBI: California University Stabbing Rampage Inspired by Daesh

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A stabbing spree in California last November was inspired by attacks of Daesh jihadist group, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said in a statement.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In November 2015, four students were injured in a stabbing rampage on the Merced campus of the University of California that ended when the 18-year old suspect, Faisal Mohammad, was shot dead by campus police.

"Investigators developed information that he may have self-radicalized and drawn inspiration from terrorist propaganda. His laptop contained pro-ISIL propaganda, and he had visited ISIL [Daesh] and other extremist websites in the weeks prior to his attack," the statement published Thursday read.

The agency added that Mohammad had begun preparations for the attack a week in advance, writing down a two-page plan detailing his intentions, including taking hostages, killing students and police officers.

The assailant had a flag of Daesh, a group outlawed in the United States and Russia, among other states, in his backpack, according to the FBI.

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