In retaliation for the death of Iranian general Qasem Solemani, a woman allegedly stabbed a man earlier this month while engaging in sexual activity after the pair met through online dating in Las Vegas.
According to a CBS 8 report on Friday, 21-year-old Nika Nikoubin met her victim through the online dating site Plenty of Fish, Henderson police said. The pair decided to meet at Sunset Station on March 5 where they rented a room together.
Once behind closed doors, the duo started to engage in sexual activity, at which point Nikoubin blindfolded her victim, authorities said. She then turned off the lights and moments later, her victim “felt a pain on the side of his neck.”
Police said Nikoubin stabbed the man she met online in the neck “for revenge against U.S. troops for the killing of Qasem Solemani in 2020.”
Nikoubin’s victim pushed her off of him and fled the room to call emergency services. The attacker also ran out of the room and told hotel personnel that she just stabbed someone.
Nikoubin later admitted to an investigator that she “wanted revenge” for the killing of Solemani, police said. She said a song called “Grave Digger” provided “the motivation … to carry out her revenge.”
The woman was charged with attempted murder, battery with a deadly weapon and burglary. Her bail was set at $60,000.
On Jan. 3, 2020, then-President Donald Trump ordered a drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
At the time of the U.S. drone strike, Soleimani was traveling through Baghdad with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Mohammed Reda, who were leaders in the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Iraqi militia.
In the days leading up to the U.S. strike, PMF forces had carried out a deadly rocket attack that killed a U.S. contractor and wounded U.S. service members in Iraq. Supporters of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Iraqi militia also staged a riotous attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad after U.S. forces launched strikes in retaliation for the deadly rocket attack.
Soleimani had been particularly supportive of Iranian-proxy attacks on U.S. forces throughout the region. Following his death, U.S. Army Gen. David Petreaus said Soleimani had shipped weapons and explosives to terrorist groups throughout the Middle East, which were used to kill an estimated 600 U.S. service members over the years.
“Qasem Soleimani was actively engaged in plotting against America,” Pompeo tweeted earlier this year after Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi called for Trump and former-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to be tried and convicted under Islamic law for the strike. “We took lawful military action to make sure that no Americans were killed. American leadership now has the responsibility to keep every American safe against the threat from Iran.”