Investigators are searching for a motive behind an Ohio State University students Knife attack on campus Monday Morning that injure 11 people.
Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a student who recently transferred there, had written in a Facebook post he had grown “sick and tired” of seeing fellow Muslims “Killed and tortured”, of considering fellow Muslims killed and tortured, according to federal law enforcement officials.
In a Facebook post shortly before the rampage, the Somali immigrant urged America to stop snooping with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah, a term for Muslim people at large.
“By Allah, we will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslim s”, he wrote: You will not celebrate or enjoy any holiday.
Artan rammed his car into a group of people on the Columbus campus. He then exited the car and charged at passersby with a Knife.
Ohio State Police Officer Alan Horujko shot Artan after he failed to obey orders to stop-ending his life and stopping the tragic attack.
What we know about the attacker
Back in August, Ohio State’s student-run newspaper profiled Artan as part of its “Humans of Ohio State” series. He had just transferred from Columbus State and expressed his struggles to find a place to pray in peace on the large campus.
Artan said reports of human rights abuses in Myanmar pushed him to a “boiling point.” The United States, which suspended its last sanctions against the former military dictatorship this year, said it had expressed concerns about the treatment of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims.
Three calls, three shots, one dead
Jacob Bower, a 20-year-old student, said he saw the attacker outside between the Koffolt Laboratories and Watts Hall.
“He pulled a large knife and started chasing people around, trying to attack them,” Bower told CNN, adding that he did not see anyone get stabbed.
Throughout the attack, the assailant didn’t yell or say anything, Bower said.
“He was completely silent, which was very creepy. Not even when he was shot,” the student said.