The suspect who drove a vehicle into a crowd of people at Ohio State University before attacking them with an edged weapon on Monday may be a Somali refugee, reports indicate.
Law enforcement has identified the attacker as 18-year-old Abdul Artan, an Ohio State student and Somali refugee, according to NBC News.
Law enforcement has identified the attacker as an 18-year-old Ohio State student and Somali refugee.
No motive has been confirmed for the attack but the style of the assault, the use of a knife and vehicle as a weapon, suggests a lone wolf act of jihad. This would not be the first time a Somali refugee has committed violence on American soil in the name of Allah. In September, 22-year old Somali refugee Dahir A. Adan went on a similar stabbing spree at the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Adan’s attack occurred only a month after Somali refugee Mohamed Amiin Ali Roble became the 11th person in Minnesota to be charged with conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS.
In early October, ISIS called on its followers to engage in a “campaign of knife attacks” in the West, and it appears that Monday’s attack could very well be the result of one radical Muslim’s taking that call to heart.
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“One need not be a military expert or a martial arts master, or even own a gun or rifle in order to carry out a massacre or to kill and injure several disbelievers and terrorize an entire nation,” read in article in the Islamic State’s magazine, Rumiyah.
Monday’s attack at Ohio State University also bears similarities to the Islamic terror attack in Nice, France, in July, during which Muslim terrorist Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel drove a truck into a crowd of people.
The revelation that the Ohio State attacker is a Somali refugee will likely only heighten concerns over the Obama administration’s rushed efforts to resettle thousands of Syrian refugees in America. As of Nov. 11, over 14,000 Muslim migrants from Syria have been resettled in communities throughout the United States.
Artan left Somalia in 2007, according to the NBC report, he moved first to Pakistan with his family before coming to the United States in 2014.