As you probably know, on Monday, there was an attack on Ohio State University‘s Columbus campus that put 11 people in the hospital before the assailant was killed by authorities.
Even though we learned a little about Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the alleged 18-year-old who drove his car into a crowd and attacked people with a knife, authorities have since uncovered MORE interesting info!
Since we live in a social media era, police immediately began investigating Artan’s Facebook page and they stumbled upon quite a find. Only minutes before the attack, Abdul took to FB to post:
“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.”
The post went on to say:
“If you want us Muslims to stop carrying lone wolf attacks, then make peace. By Allah, we will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims. You will not celebrate or enjoy any holiday.”
There’s also been other info to come out about the young man — including differing reports of his age since he was a Somali refugee who left his country in 2007. Abdul then lived in Pakistan for a period of time with his family before coming to the U.S. in 2014, where he became a legal, permanent resident.
Interestingly enough, the attacker had also been profiled by the school’s student newspaper, The Lantern, just three months ago and spoke quite a bit about intolerance. During the interview with Kevin Stankiewicz, Mr. Artan mentioned:
“We had prayer rooms [at Columbus State], like actual rooms where we could go to pray because we Muslims have to pray five times a day. There’s Fajr, which is early in the morning, at dawn. Then Zuhr during the daytime, then Asr. I mean, I’m new here. This is my first day. This place is huge, and I don’t even know where to pray.”
The OSU student went on to say:
“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, at 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 uncomfortable.”
We can’t begin to imagine what those at OSU were experiencing during the scary campus attack. We just hope the authorities’ investigation will help uncover this twisted young man’s motive for doing such a terrible thing.
[Image via Kevin Stankiewicz/TheLantern.]