It’s telling that the school newspaper interviewed Ohio State University jihadi Abdul Artan on his first day at university. Typically kissing the ring of a new Muslim student, the OSU Lantern did a piece on him. Artan did not respond that he was grateful to the US for allowing him to immigrate and get a first calls education. No. Instead he complained.
He criticized the school for not having Muslim prayer rooms on campus.
“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media,” he stated. “I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be.”
How would Abdul Razak Ali Artan like to be portrayed? Obviously not “Humans of Ohio State,” more like “Savages of Ohio State.”
Ohio law enforcement officials confirmed to NBC News Monday afternoon that Artan — an 18-year-old freshman at OSU — was the man who plowed a car into a crowd of people on campus and subsequently attacked passers-by with a butcher’s knife.
OHIO STATE ATTACKER IDENTIFIED: Abdul Razak Ali ArtanDaily Caller, November 27, 2016:
Authorities had previously confirmed that the suspect was a Somali refugee, legally residing in Ohio.
Artan fled Somalia with his family in 2007 before landing in Pakistan.
He moved to the United States in 2014, where he was granted legal, permanent status.
It should be noted that Ohio State’s online directory only lists one student with the name, Abdul Artan.
Furthermore, “The Lantern” — OSU’s campus newspaper — ran an interview with Artan just a few months ago, in which he criticized the school for not having Muslim prayer rooms on campus.
“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media,” he stated. “I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be.”“I don’t blame them,” he continued. “It’s the media that put that picture in their heads so they’re just going to have it, and it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable.”
Artan’s motive is not yet known, yet authorities maintain that the attack was “done on purpose” and are treating the incident as a possible terrorist act.
This is a developing situation. Check back for updates.