HENDERSON, Nev. — A woman stabbed her date she met online in retaliation for the 2020 death of an Iranian military leader killed in a U.S. drone strike, police said.
Nika Nikoubin, 21, was charged with attempted murder, assault and battery with a deadly weapon and burglary, KLAS-TV reported.
Nikoubin and the man met online on a dating site, Henderson police wrote in an arrest report. The couple then agreed to meet at the Sunset Station hotel on March 5, renting a room together.
While in the room, the couple began having sex when Nikoubin blindfolded the man, police said. Nikoubin then turned off the lights, and a few minutes later the man “felt pain in the side of his neck,” KLAS reported.
Nikoubin allegedly stabbed the man in the neck “in revenge against US troops for the murder of Qassem Soleimani in 2020”, police wrote in a report.
US forces killed Soleimani, a top general in the Iranian military, in a drone strike in January 2020. Soleimani led the Quds Expeditionary Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. responsible for external operations of the Islamic Republic. He gained fame for advising Shia paramilitary forces fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq, before its defeat in 2017.
After being stabbed, the man pushed Nikoubin out of himself and fled the room to call 911, police said.
Nikoubin also ran out of the room, telling a hotel employee that she had just stabbed a man, police said.
In a conversation with police, Nikoubin told an investigator “that she wanted revenge”, police said. She said she listened to a song called “Grave Digger”, which “gave her the motivation…to carry out her revenge”.
The current state of the man was not available, reported the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Nikoubin is due in court for a preliminary hearing on March 24, the newspaper said. It is not yet clear if she has a lawyer.