On Monday, November 28, Abdul Razak Ali Artan jumped a curb at the Ohio State campus driving into a group of students standing on the sidewalk. Artan got out of his car and proceeded to stab anyone he saw nearby before he was shot dead by Ohio State Police Officer Alan Hurojko.
According to CNN, Artan’s attack lasted all for two minutes before it was cut short by Officer Hurojko. The attack left 11 students hospitalized and also raised questions about the purpose of the attack
The immediate reaction from the public was that this was a solo terror attack. FBI investigators are still looking into that angle, and police are looking towards Artan’s recent Facebook posts as evidence to see if he was “self-radicalized.” According to Fox News, the posts made by Artan urged America to stop interfering with foreign countries, such as the Muslim Ummah and expressed that they are not weak.
One of Artan’s Facebook posts also stated: “Every single Muslim who disapproves of my actions is a sleeper cell, waiting for a signal. I am warning you Oh America!”
Artan was Somali-born and had just transferred to Ohio State this past year. He was interviewed by the school newspaper about the diversity at Ohio State University. According to the newspaper, Atran expressed that he was genuinely afraid of showing his Muslim culture in public.
So far, this is only some of the evidence that police and investigators are looking into for the motive of this attack.
The day after the attack, Fox News showed that ISIS posted on their social media page that Artan was a “soldier of the Islamic State.” However, local Ohio News 10tv stated that FBI investigators will look into Artan’s electronic devices for evidence that the attack was inspired by Anwar al-Awlaki propaganda journals rather than the ISIS claim. The reason behind it is because ISIS will take credit for pretty much anything they can based on attacks from Muslims in other countries.
With news and people who saw the attack, many are jumping to conclusions as to the purpose of the attack.
However, OSU President Dr. Michael V. Drake made a statement letting people know that the purpose of the attack is still a mystery and that there is no link to a specific community yet.
According to CNN, Drake stated, “We all know when things like this happen that there’s a tendency sometimes for people to put people together and create other kinds of theories. We don’t know anything that would link this to any community. We certainly don’t have any evidence that would say that’s the case.”
The White House has even taken action to make a statement to the American people urging them to not jump ahead of themselves and not assume this was a terror attack before all of the evidence is identified.
According to the Washington Times, White House Press Secretary John Earnest expressed the feelings everyone in the White House has about the attack.
“Our response as a country to this situation matters. If we respond to this situation by casting aspersions on millions of people that adhere to a particular religion, or if we increase our suspicion of people who practice a particular religion, we’re more likely to contribute to acts of violence than we are to prevent them.”
With such a vicious attack that took place on the Ohio State campus, local police and national news make sure to express that everything is still out in the open and nothing has been finalized.