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The owner of the restaurant, Hansy Barani, believes it was targeted because of his Israeli descent.
The FBI is assisting in the investigation.
The suspect was identified as Mohamed Barry according to Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Hany Baransi, who is the owner of the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli, identifies himself as an Israeli Christian Arab.
He says he has no doubt Thursday night's attacks were an act of terrorism.
"Thirty minutes before he came and did the attack - he came in, looked around, asked where I was from, asked about our food and where was I," he said.
According to police 30-year-old Mohamed Barry came back to the restaurant a short time later with a machete in his hand.
Baransi says he immediately started attacking customers who were sitting at booth tables.
originally posted by: Kitana
a reply to: xuenchen
I keep waiting for this to get attention on the news, but I haven't seen anything yet. More about the two girls in school who were shot and nothing about this. I guess talking about this might make us racist or something. Its so stupid and this is a serious problem in this country.
ABC, CBS, NBC's Friday evening newscasts all failed to mention Islamism as a possible motive in their coverage of the machete attack inside an Ohio restaurant on Thursday. ABC's World News Tonight didn't even use the word "terrorism" during their report on Mohamed Barry's rampage. Alex Perez merely noted that "Barry was known to the FBI, but was not under a full-scale investigation." CBS's Jeff Pegues underlined that "police say the assault has the hallmarks of a terrorism-inspired attack." Pegues was also the only Big Three correspondent to report that Barry was "here in the U.S. on a green card."
All three programs noted that the restaurant owner's Israeli background. However, NBC's Pete Williams was the only one to specify that "the owner...is from Israel — a Christian Arab. Investigators are looking at whether Barry may have mistakenly thought he was Jewish." Williams also revealed that "radical comments by him [Barry] four years ago brought a brief look from the FBI, which then moved on." -