President-elect Donald Trump posted a statement on Twitter today to say that Muslim terrorist Abdul Artan should never have been allowed to enter the United States. Artan was a Somali refugee who was admitted to the country two years ago along with his family. On Monday, he plowed his car into a group of fellow students at Ohio State University and then followed up with a stabbing attack. He was shot to death by a campus police officer.

All eleven of Artan’s victims have survived. On the following day, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack and claimed Artan as one of its soldiers. Trump tweeted today, “ISIS is taking credit for the terrible stabbing attack at Ohio State University by a Somali refugee who should not have been in our country.” Authorities are investigating the attack as an incidence of terrorism, even though some sources within the government are saying that there is no evidence that Artan was formally connected to the violent Muslim sect that is rampaging in the Middle East and claiming responsibility for acts of terrorism in Europe and the United States.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D), who serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said the 20-year0old Muslim Artan may have been inspired by extremist Muslim content on the Internet. “It appears that the attacker was radicalized online by jihadist propaganda,” Schiff said in a statement.

Trump has called for limiting immigration into the country by Muslims until a better method of vetting applicants can be found to ensure that terrorists are not admitted. After deadly attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Trump said he wants to suspend immigration from areas “harboring and training terrorists.” He has also said that he would consider the possibility of formulating a database for Muslim Americans. The proposal was met with swift backlash from Democrats and progressives. 

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a leading candidate for Homeland Security secretary, said the president-elect is still thinking about such a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries. Suspect Abdul Razak Ali Artan, who graduated from Columbus State Community College this year with an associate’s degree, said in an interview with the OSU campus magazine that he was “kind of scared” to be seen praying in the Muslim fashion in public.

“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was scared with everything going on in the media,” Artan told the Lantern. “If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen,” he continued. “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.”

There are at least three worship places on the OSU campus where Muslims can pray.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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