The White House on Monday night released a list of terrorist attacks. The 78 events, dating back to September 2014, were intended to support President Donald Trump’s statement earlier in the day that the “very dishonest press” often doesn’t report about such attacks.
The list includes the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando, Florida, that killed 43 in June 2016, and the attacks in Paris in November 2015 that left 130 dead. The White House said the incidents were “largely under-reported.”
The list also has an entry for Nov. 4, 2015, when a student named Faisal Mohammad stabbed four people at UC Merced, then was shot and killed by a campus police officer.
The story received extensive coverage by The Fresno Bee, with three stories posted online the day of the attack. Here’s the front page of the Nov. 5 print edition:
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Reporters from The Bee and its McClatchy sister publication, The Merced Sun-Star, provided extensive coverage in the days and weeks that followed, including the FBI’s determination that Mohammad was “self-radicalized” and inspired by ISIS, but not directly linked to any terror groups.
At the time, the FBI stopped short of calling the stabbings a terrorist attack. “I don’t think I can answer that for you today,” FBI spokesman Gina Swankie told the Sun-Star in December 2015.
On Tuesday, in a statement responding to an inquiry by the Sun-Star, the FBI office in Sacramento said it “has nothing to add to its prior statements about the stabbing (sic).” It referred further questions about the list to the White House.
Here is our reporting on the UC Merced attacks as they were posted on fresnobee.com: