Police: Man accused in beheading had tried to convert co-workers to Islam

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 26, 2014 at 1:11 p.m.



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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Police say the man who beheaded a woman with a knife at an Oklahoma food processing plant had tried to convert several employees there to Islam.

The man had just been fired from his job at the plant yesterday when the attack took place. Police say he had beheaded the woman and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by a company official who is also a reserve sheriff's deputy.

Police are waiting until the man is conscious before arresting him. They've asked the FBI to help investigate.

The attack comes in the wake of a series of videotaped beheadings by the Islamic State militant group.

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190-a-05-(Sgt. Jeremy Lewis, police department spokesman, in news conference)-"sever her head"-Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says a worker who had just been fired from his job at a food distribution center in suburban Oklahoma City attacked co-worker Colleen Hufford with a knife Thursday afternoon. (26 Sep 2014)

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191-a-08-(Sgt. Jeremy Lewis, police department spokesman, in news conference)-"the Muslim religion."-Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says the Moore Police Department contacted the FBI after speaking with co-workers of the suspect. (26 Sep 2014)

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APPHOTO OKOKL505: Employees and friends wait behind a tape for word of loved ones as police investigate an incident at Vaughn Foods on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 in Moore, Okla. Police Friday a man who had been fired from the food processing plant beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by a company official. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Steve Sisney) (25 Sep 2014)

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