Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the Somali refugee responsible for the Ohio State attack, was likely inspired by ISIS, according to a Facebook post (included below) attributed to him.
Artan, who came to America from Somalia in 2014, was granted legal permanent residency as a refugee and recently transferred to Ohio State. It is unclear when he was radicalized, but a possible motive has emerged. In a Facebook post that Artan appears to have posted just minutes before the attack, he voiced anger over the treatment of Muslims.
“I can’t take it anymore. America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah [community],” Artan posted on Facebook just before the attack. “We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that.” The post described radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki as a “hero,” and Artan himself pledged to “kill a billion infidels.”
Artan also rants about the treatment of Muslims in Burma, blaming the United States for the situation.It’s an odd argument, as the Burma conflict is mostly Muslim radicals attacking Christians living in rural areas. The United States is not directly involved in the conflict.
Even so, the Ohio State attacker’s Facebook post insists the violence against America will continue until concessions are made. “If you want us to stop carrying lone wolf attacks, then make peace,” the post says. “We will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims.”
The post closes with a pledge that Artan will “kill a billion infidels,” a promise that fell well short thanks to OSU officer Alan Horujko. Here is a screenshot of the alleged post by Artan, which has since been taken down.
Artan took a different tone just a few months ago. In an interview with the OSU newspaper The Lantern, Artan portrayed himself as a victim.
“I’m new here. This is my first day. This place is huge, and I don’t even know where to pray,” he said. “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. 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,” Artan continued. “It’s the media that puts that picture in their heads so they’re going to have it and it, it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable. I was kind of scared right now. But I just did it. I relied on God. I went over to the corner and just prayed.”
Police have yet to confirm if the Ohio State attacker’s Facebook post is authentic, although sources say they believe it is genuine.
Source: Pamela Geller
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