An al Qaeda-worshipping teen from Somalia apparently posted an online rant against the United States on Monday morning — then plowed his car into a crowd of students at Ohio State University and swung at others with a butcher knife, wounding 11.
From New York Post
The attacker, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, was fatally shot within moments of his rampage by a campus officer at the Columbus school, according to authorities. He was a student there.
Just three minutes before the attack, Artan — a refugee who lived in Pakistan before moving to the US with his family in 2014 — is believed to have posted a rant online in which he blasted America and hailed US-born al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki as a “hero.”
“I am sick and tired of seeing my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters being killed and tortured EVERYWHERE,” reads the post, which ABC News said was uploaded to a Facebook account believed to be Artan’s.
“I can’t take it anymore. America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah,” the post reads, using the Arabic word for community. “We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that.”
Warning that he had reached his “boiling point,’’ the post adds, “Stop interfering with other countries . . . [if] you want us Muslims to stop carrying lone wolf attacks.”
ISIS, a breakaway branch of al Qaeda, recently published an article in its English-language magazine, Rumiyah, that encouraged lone-wolf attacks, noting that using vehicles can reap “large numbers of casualties.”
“[Artan] did exhibit some of the methods encouraged by terror groups who can’t attack the US themselves,” a federal source told The Post.
Hours before Monday’s bloody assault, Artan also wrote, “Forgive and forget. Love.”
The mayhem unfolded at 9:52 a.m., when Artan drove over a curb and rammed his silver Honda Civic into a group of people who had evacuated the school’s Watts Hall after reports of a gas leak, officials said.
Officials do not believe the reported gas leak was related to the attack, according to reports.
Artan then got out of his car, which is registered to a family member, and started stabbing people with a butcher knife, officials said.
Police issued an “active shooter” alert that prompted a campus-wide lockdown, with a tweet from the university’s emergency management department chillingly ordering students to “Run Hide Fight.”
Some students barricaded themselves in classrooms, while others made a run for it.
Campus cop Alan Horujko, who was in the area investigating the gas leak, sprang into action, shooting and killing Artan almost immediately.
“We all owe a debt of gratitude to [Horujko],” said Monica Moll, director of the university’s Department of Public Safety. “He did a fabulous job today.”
The 11 injured included Professor Emeritus William Clark, four graduate students and three undergraduates. One person was critically injured, officials said.
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