Woman stabs date and demands revenge for 2020 killing of Iranian general: police

A woman accused of stabbing a man she was on a date with claimed a bizarre motivation: political revenge.

Nika Nikoubin, 21, was arrested March 5 for allegedly stabbing a man at the Sunset Station Hotel in Henderson, Nevada, which is part of the Las Vegas metro area. She and the man, whose name has not been released, agreed to meet on site for a date, according to 8 News Now.

Once in their rented room, the two began to engage in sexual activity which culminated in Nikoubin blindfolding the man and turning off the lights. After a few minutes, the man said he “felt pain in the side of his neck” as Nikoubin stabbed him twice in the neck. After the initial attack, he could have pushed the woman away and called 911.

When confronted by law enforcement, Nikoubin claimed to have attacked her date “to get revenge against US troops for the murder of Qassem Soleimani in 2020”.

A woman claimed she stabbed a man in revenge for the murder of Iranian leader Qassem Soleimani in 2020. Above are memorial images of Soleimani seen during a protest in Istanbul.
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A high-ranking military leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Soleimani led the Corps’ Quds Force, a division focused on clandestine and extraterritorial operations. In January 2020, he was assassinated in a targeted drone strike ordered by former US President Donald Trump, sparking major international outcry and heightening tensions between the US and Iran.

As his victim rushed to call 911, Nikoubin also ran out of the room. She fled to the hotel lobby and an employee she had just stabbed someone.

The police report filed in Nikoubin’s case notes that she told officers “she wanted revenge” for the 2020 incident. She also explained how she listened to a song called “Grave Digger,” which motivated her to plan and carry out the attack. She claimed her plan was only to harm the victim, not kill her. Officials have determined that she is not from Las Vegas and has no ties to the local community.

“She indicated that there were injustices, particularly the murder of Qasem Soleimani in Iran,” Homeland Security detectives handling the case added to the arrest report, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Nikoubin said she wanted revenge.”

Nikoubin now faces charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and burglary. His bail was set at $60,000. The condition of his victim is unknown at this time.

Newsweek contacted the Henderson Police Department for comment on this story.

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