ISIS Claims Inspiration for Ohio State University Attack

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The media arm for the Islamic State claims that Abdul Razak Ali Artan was inspired by the terrorist organization’s jihadist message to commit Monday’s attack at Ohio State University, reports the Columbus Dispatch. The case is being investigated as a potential terrorist act by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Although law enforcement officials said they don’t yet have a motive for the attack that injured 11 people, they are investigating a Facebook post that Artan is believed to have written beforehand. In it, the OSU student criticized the United States for interfering in other countries and, “If you want us Muslims to stop carrying out lone wolf attacks, then make peace.”

His next door neighbor, Louann Carnahan, found it hard to believe that the Somali man would steer a car into a group of students and faculty, then slash at them with a knife, before he was shot dead by a police officer. Artan, 18, always had a kind word, Carnahan said. He was happy to answer her questions about Somalia and Islam. He never seemed bitter and never mentioned a beef with anyone at Ohio State, she said. Columbus police spokesman Rich Weiner said, “We are looking into every aspect — how did he get there? Did anyone assist him?” President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that the attack was committed “by a Somali refugee who should not have been in our country.”

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