In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the campus of Ohio State University, law enforcement authorities are combing evidence concerning Abdul Razak Artan -- the Somali refugee who is believed to have wounded 11 people. A person bearing the same name posted an anti-American rant on Facebook just minutes before the attack, when Artan drove a car onto a sidewalk on the campus and bowled over several students. He then descended the vehicle and began the attack. Wielding a large knife or machete, he stabbed and slashed. Within two hours, Artan was shot to death by police officers.
On Facebook, just three minutes before commencing his attack, Artan wrote, “I can’t take it anymore. America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah. We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that.”
Afraid to pray in public
The Facebook posts mentions Anwar Al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric who was born in the United States. While Artan referred to him as a “hero." Al-Awlaki was killed in 2011 in a drone strike directed by the presidency. Al-Awlaki’s influence over potential terrorists has extended beyond the grave and has been linked to several domestic terrorist attacks in the years after his death.
Authorities have not determined a motive and the investigation is ongoing. Artan was of Somali origin and spent some time in Pakistan before emigrating to the United States. He was a legal permanent resident and a student at OSU.
The attack by Artan came as the Islamic State terror organization has called on Muslims to imitate the vehicle attack that took place in France this summer. A Muslim man of Tunisian origin ran over 84 people on Bastille Day in Nice. Over the weekend, ISIS released a view that showed Muslim terrorists how to use a knife to attack non-believers. ISIS is not mentioned in the Facebook post. The method has been used repeatedly in Israel.
Three months ago, Artan was quoted in OSU's college newspaper, The Lantern, where he complained about Americans imposing "stereotypes" to Muslims and finding a place to pray:
"I wanted to pray in the open, but I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media. I'm a Muslim, it's not what the media portrays me to be," he is quoted in the paper as saying. "If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don't know what they're going to think, what's going to happen. But I don't blame them. It's the media that put that picture in their heads, so they're just going to have it, and it — it's going to make them feel uncomfortable."
In The Lantern, Artan said he is a transfer from Columbus State, presumably Columbus State Community College. Records show that he graduated in May with an associate of arts degree. He was studying logistics at OSU.
Terrorist channels linked to ISIS on Twitter are proclaiming Artan as a "brother."