|University of Kentucky|
Sources with knowledge of the incident told that the University of Kentucky student was attacked as he returned to his dormitory after going shopping.Initial reports suggesting the incident occurred after an argument between a group of international students spiralled out of control. The details of the incident are unclear but the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, indicated that Barwani had suffered multiple injuries. He was supposed to be back in Oman soon for his holidays.
Officials at the University of Kentucky said it appeared to be an stray incident. The university has been in contact with the victim's family. The Omani Embassy in Washington declined to comment on the attack, saying they were still gathering information from authorities in Kentucky. According to the latest statistics available from the Lexington Police Department, there were over 1,000 instances of assault in the city in 2010, with nearly 600 robberies.