Americans were shocked when news broke out about an attack on the campus of Ohio State University.
A terrorist plowed his car into a group of people, then jumped out of his vehicle and began attacking bystanders with a butcher knife.
Police killed the suspect, who was later revealed to be a Somali refugee lashing out about the treatment of Muslims in America and around the world.
Eleven people were hospitalized after 18-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan stabbed them with a butcher knife.
Artan carried out his act of terror following a rant on Facebook about American policy in the Middle East.
NBC News reports:
“An Ohio State University student posted a rant shortly before he plowed a car into a campus crowd and stabbed people with a butcher knife in an ambush that ended when a police officer shot him dead, a law enforcement official said.
Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, wrote on what appears to be his Facebook page that he had reached a “boiling point,” made a reference to “lone wolf attacks” and cited radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.
“America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially Muslim Ummah [community]. We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that,” the post said.
Two hours before that, a cryptic post on the page said: “Forgive and forget. Love.”
Artan was a Somali refugee who came to the United States as a legal permanent resident in 2014, and was one of 43,000 Somali refugees who resettled in the United States during Barack Obama’s time in office.
Artan also complained about being a Muslim on campus.
NBC News reports:
“Artan attended Columbus State Community College for two years, graduating cum laude with an associate’s degree before moving on to Ohio State to continue his studies. He told a campus publication that on his first day at OSU, he was “kind of scared” to pray in public.
“If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen,” Artan was quoted as saying in the Lantern.”
He also complained about the lack of prayer rooms on campus.
Artan’s attacks were similar in nature to other terrorist acts ISIS has either carried out or has publically called for.
Plowing his vehicle into a crowd of innocent bystanders was reminiscent of the attacks in Nice, France, where terrorists drove trucks through a crowd.
And in October, ISIS’ propaganda magazine called for random knife attacks.
PJ Media reports:
“Hinting that the article is one in a forthcoming series about terror tactics, ISIS focused on the benefits of knives to help potential terrorists with the “ocean of thoughts” that “might pour into one’s mind” when considering an attack.
“Many people are often squeamish of the thought of plunging a sharp object into another person’s flesh. It is a discomfort caused by the untamed, inherent dislike for pain and death, especially after ‘modernization’ distanced males from partaking in the slaughtering of livestock for food and the striking of the enemy in war,” the unbylined article states. “However, any such squirms and discomforts are never an excuse for abandoning jihad.”
ISIS suggested a “campaign of knife attacks” in which the attacker “could dispose of his weapon after each use, finding no difficulty in acquiring another one.”
“It is explicitly advised not to use kitchen knives, as their basic structure is not designed to handle the kind of vigorous application used for assassinations and slaughter,” the article states, further advising “to avoid troublesome knives, those that can cause harm to the user because of poor manufacturing.”
Artan was killed by a heroic police officer who used his firearm to put a permanent stop on his terrorist attack before anyone was killed.
Was this an ISIS inspired attack?
This act of terror will once again raise questions about the wisdom of admitting Islamic refugees into America.
President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on ending the Syrian refugee program.
Will he be able to make good on his promise?
And will the attack on the campus of Ohio State University force reluctant members of Congress to reconsider their position on allowing refugees into America?