Authorities Investigating Facebook Rant by Muslim Behind Ohio State University Attack

An attacker on the Ohio State University campus was killed on Monday and 11 were hospitalized.

Law enforcement authorities are investigating a Facebook post written by Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the 18-year-old Ohio State University student who used a butcher knife and a car to attack people on the university campus. His violent actions culminated in the injury of 11 individuals. In the Facebook post, the Somali-American said that he has strong feelings after observing Muslims from around the world routinely tortured and killed. His Facebook account since then has been disabled.

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In his post, Artan warned the United States Government that it should not interfere with the affairs of other countries. He also said that the U.S. must not trouble the Muslim Ummah, reminding that the Ummah is not weak.

Artan's post mentions Anwar Al-Awlaki, another U.S. citizen turned al-Qaeda cleric. The university student speaks about him in glowing terms. Although killed in 2011, Awlaki's propaganda is regularly linked to a number of domestic terror attacks many years post his death.

Jake Tapper of CNN shared Artan's post in full on Twitter. The content began with the general denunciation of all violence allegedly done against Muslims all over the world. He then specifically mentions Burma's Rohingya Muslim community. This community has been long persecuted by the Burmese government and even denied basic citizenship rights. Due to this, thousands of Rohingyas have fled into the Burmese forests and made their way into the neighboring country of Bangladesh. The community was more tortured post a terrorist attack done on Burmese police posts. This attack was seemingly the handiwork of Rohingya militants. The response to the attack was a military crackdown by the Burmese government.

According to United Nations officials, the Burmese army was shooting at Rohingyas, slaughtering children and raping women. The community's houses were looted and burned, thus compelling the people to cross the border river into Bangladesh. An official of the UN said that the Burmese officials were engaged in the ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas. The United States Department of State has heavily criticized the turn of events and it has communicated the same through its Ambassador to Burma.

Artan's Facebook post mentions that he cannot tolerate fellow Muslims being tortured, killed and raped in Burma. He said that it is not possible for him to tolerate such things anymore. His post also mentioned “lone wolf attacks” and said that the U.S. must make peace with the Islamic State.

As Artan’s attacks began police responded quickly and shot him dead.


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