The family of Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a Somali student and child of a refugee, who wounded 11 people in a car-ramming and knife attack in Ohio university campus, lived in Pakistan for seven years before he moved to the US with his family in 2014, reported the New York Times.
Federal law enforcement officials said that Artan was admitted to the US in 2014 as the child of a refugee – his mother – and before that, he lived in Pakistan for seven years. He was a student at Ohio State University, of logistics management.
Artan’s attack at the University lasted just a few minutes ─ from a car ramming into the crowd until the suspect was shot dead. According to the militant Islamic State group, Artan was a ‘soldier’.
“The executor of the attack in the American state of Ohio is a soldier of the Islamic State,” the Amaq agency quoted an insider source as saying, according to a translation by the SITE monitoring group.
“He carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of international coalition countries,” Amaq claimed.
A post made by Artan and quoted by ABC television said, “I can’t take it anymore. America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah. We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that.”
“If you want us Muslims to stop carrying (out) lone wolf attacks, then make peace,” Artan’s post said, adding further, “We will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims.”
Ohio has been a home to the second largest Somali community in the United States, with around 38,000 Somalis in the Columbus area alone, according to the state’s Somali community association.
Minnesota holds the country’s largest Somali community, which was astounded when one of its members, knifed 10 people at a mall in September, to which, IS had claimed the attacker was a militant “soldier,” the same claim as for Artan.