Monday morning OSU’s Columbus campus had a slashing rampage on their hands. The attacker has been identified as Somali refugee Abdul Razak Ali Artan. What he had to say leading up to the attack will send chills down your spine.
Somali refugee Abdul Razak Ali Artan posted on Facebook that he was ‘sick and tired of seeing my fellow Muslim brothers being killed and tortured’ shortly before he went on a slashing rampage at the Ohio State University that left 11 injured.
Authorities are currently investigating the posts, allegedly made by Artan, which mention radical cleric Anwar Awlaki and accuse America of ‘interfering’ with other nations.
‘I am sick and tired of seeing my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters being killed and tortured EVERYWHERE,’ it stated. ‘I can’t take it anymore.
‘America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially Muslim Ummah (communities)… [if] you want us Muslims to stop carrying lone wolf attacks.’
‘We are not weak, remember that,’ the post said, according to NBC News.
Two hours before that, another post read: ‘Forgive and forget. Love.’
Artan left at least 11 injured – on of whom critically – after he drove onto the sidewalk at the university on Monday afternoon, mowing down the crowds of innocent bystanders, witnesses say.
He then jumped out of the car and began slashing victims with a butcher knife, according to police.
While the motive for the attack is still under investigation, but there are questions about whether Artan, who was Muslim, may have carried it out in jihad.
Artan is reportedly a Somali refugee who fled his home country in 2007, moving first to Pakistan with his family before coming to America in 2014 and gaining legal permanent resident status. His age has not been confirmed, but it has been reported by various outlets as 18 and 20.
Somalia has become a haven for terror groups – including ISIS – since civil war broke out in the 1990s. And Columbus has one of the largest contingents of Somali refugees in the U.S.
The suspect lived briefly in a temporary shelter in Dallas before settling in Ohio, according to Catholic Charities records, obtained by NBC.
He attended Columbus State Community College for two years, where he graduated cum laude with an associates degree before moving onto Ohio State to continue his studies.
In the piece, he said that he struggled to find a private place to pray on campus, after transferring from Columbus State which had such facilities.