UPDATED: November 29, 2:40 PM EST:
A day after a Somali-born Ohio State University student plowed his car into a crowd before attacking them with a butcher knife, the Islamic State’s news agency claimed responsibility for the attack, reports the New York Daily News.
The acknowledgement comes after news surfaced on Facebook about the dead18-year-old attacker, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a logistic major who railed about “Muslims he described as belonging to “a sleeper cell, waiting for a signal,” notes the report:
If the U.S. wanted “Muslims to stop carrying lone wolf attacks, then make peace with ‘dawla in al sham,’” a term for ISIS, Artan wrote, the source told the Associated Press.
Artan specifically protested the killing of Muslims in Burma, where a UN official last week said a Muslim minority group was suffering violence tantamount to ethnic cleansing at the state’s hands.
NBC previously reported that Artan, 18, had also written on Facebook that the U.S. should stop meddling in other countries.
SOURCE: New York Daily News
Investigators Search For Motive In Ohio State University Campus Attack
Law enforcement officials say a Somali-born Ohio State University student drove a car into pedestrians on the campus Monday and then attacked them with a knife, injuring 11 people before a campus police officer fatally shot him, CNN reports.
Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone said Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, drove a car over a curb and struck several people. He then got out the vehicle and continued his attack with a butcher knife. Officer Alan Horujko arrived at the scene shortly and shot Artan dead when the assailant refused to drop his weapon.
According to NBC News, Artan posted a rant on Facebook, saying he reached a “boiling point,” referenced “lone wolf attacks,” and cited extremist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. NBC said it was posted shortly before he went on the rampage.
He transferred this year to OSU from Columbus State Community College. In August, Artan complained in an interview with the campus newspaper, The Lantern, about negative portrayals of Muslims in media reports, according to CBS.
Artan told The Lantern that he was afraid of what someone might do to him if he’s seen praying openly.
Artan posted this Facebook message, via NBC:
“America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially Muslim Ummah [community]. We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that.”
Still, authorities are not ready to call this a terrorist attack. CNN said law enforcement officials are searching Artan’s social media footprint before drawing that conclusion.