Tragedy hit Ohio State University on Monday and today we are learning about the attacker and possible terrorist influence.
Abdul Razak Ali Artan is the alleged attacker in the Ohio State “active shooter” event that happened late Monday morning.
Artan is a refugee from Somalia that is a legal permanent resident. During the attack, he drove a car into a group of people on the Ohio State campus and then jumped out and started attacking the wounded with a butcher’s knife.
After investigators found a Facebook rant on Artan’s page, the attack was apparently inspired by his anger towards the treatment of Muslims around the world.
Artan was not a student at the University, but had graduated by nearby Columbus State Community College earlier this year.
The attack is very reminiscent of many recent terrorist strikes in Europe where a knife or vehicle was used as the main weapons during the attack.
Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, ISIS put out a message calling for supporters around the globe to attack Americans and Europeans.
As of right now, there is no evidence that has been made public that directly links Artan to ISIS or any other radical Jihadist group.
The tragic incident could have been a lot worse if it wasn’t for the actions of campus officer Alan Horujko. Less than a minute after the attack started, officer Horujko was on the scene and shot and killed the suspect.
All the victims are expected to survive their injuries.
There were reports that two other men had been arrested from a nearby parking garage shortly after the attack took place, but the police have not linked them publicly to the attack.
Artan is one of almost 100,000 Somali refugees that have settled here in America since 9/11/2001. Attacks like these don’t help the people that are fighting Trump’s immigration plan. In fact, attacks like the one on Monday only embolden Trump’s resolve and the people’s support.
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