The Islamic State said Tuesday on its news agency, AMAQ, that the attacker at the Ohio State University Monday “is a soldier” of the Islamic State.
Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, a Somali refugee who was a student at the university, plowed his car through a crowd of students Monday morning on campus, then jumped out and started stabbing people with a butcher knife.
Just minutes before he launched his attack, officials say Artan posted a message on his Facebook page, saying he had reached “a boiling point” and included a promise to “kill a billion infidels” to save a single Muslim.
Reuters reported that the Islamic State news agency AMAQ posted a photo of Abdul Razak Ali Artan and described him as a soldier of the group. The caption reportedly read: “Brother Abdul Razak Ali Artan, God accept him, implementer of the Ohio attack, a student in his third year in university.”
Artan was born in Somalia, then reportedly moved with his family to Pakistan in about 2007, before coming to the United States as a refugee in 2014.
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Ohio Governor John Kasich certainly wasn’t uttering the words “Islamic Terrorism,” stating in a news conference Tuesday that “We may never find out” the motive behind the attack.
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