Abuja - A man fired from a food processing plant beheaded a female co-worker
and attacked another before he was shot and wounded by a company
executive, Oklahoma police said on Saturday.
Authorities said that the gruesome attack happened on Thursday
afternoon when the suspect, Alton Nolen, 30, entered Vaughn Foods
Company in Moore, Oklahoma, near Oklahoma City, and attacked the two
employees with a knife.
According to the statement by the Moore Police Department, Nolen, who
had just been fired from his job at the plant, severed Colleen
Hufford’s head with a knife and attacked Traci Johnson with the same
However, police said that Nolen was angry about being terminated.
According to authorities, the company's chief operating officer, Mark
Vaughn, who is also a part-time sheriff's deputy, confronted Nolen and
shot and wounded him, ending the assault.
The FBI is investigating the case since employees told police that Nolen had been trying to convert several co-workers to Islam.
The attack appeared to copy the videotaped beheading of two American
journalists and a French tourist carried out by Islamic State
However, police said that they believed the violence was triggered by
Nolen being fired and was not an act of terrorism.