On Monday morning, Somali refugee and Ohio State University student Abdul Razak Ali Artan carried out a tragic attack on campus.
Artan, who was a third year student in logistics management, drove a car into a group of pedestrians. Afterwards, he exited his vehicle and used a knife to stab people. He injured 11 people before Officer Alan Horujko shot and killed him during the attack.
Although there is no definitive motive for the attack, based on Artan’s past, it appears that he faced difficulties because of his religion.
“I just transferred from Columbus State. We had prayer rooms, like actual rooms where we could go pray because we Muslims have to pray five times a day,” Artan told The Lantern.
“I mean, I’m new here,” he continued. “This is my first day. This place is huge, and I don’t even know where to pray.
“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was scared with everything going on in the media. I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen. But, I don’t blame them. It’s the media that put that picture in their heads so they’re just going to have it and it, it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable. I was kind of scared right now. But I just did it. I relied on God. I went over to the corner and just prayed.”
Officials allegedly found a Facebook post citing Anwar al-Awlaki, the jihadi leader who was killed in a 2011 U.S. drone strike, NBC reported. He also spoke about reaching a “boiling point” about the global Muslim attacks.
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