A Somali immigrant Ohio State University student on Monday attacked and injured 11 people after ramming his vehicle into a crowd on campus.
The immigrant identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan carried out the knife attack on campus after growing frustrated with how Muslims were being treated worldwide.
He said the reports of human rights abuses in Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims pushed him to a “boiling point.”
”I can’t take it anymore,” he said in the Facebook post.
In another post shortly before the Ohio State University rampage on Monday, Artan urged America to stop interfering with other countries, especially Muslim people at large.
“By Allah, we will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims. You will not celebrate or enjoy any holiday,” he wrote.
The knife attack lasted just a few minutes before an Ohio State Police Officer shot and killed the Somali immigrant after he failed to obey orders to stop.
Officials say Artan appeared to have acted alone and are investigating it as a possible terrorist attack. They have however said there was so far no indication.
When asked if the attack was terror related or connected to the Somali community, Ohio State President Dr. Michael V. Drake cautioned against jumping to conclusions.
“We all know when things like this happen that there’s a tendency sometimes for people to put people together and create other kinds of theories. We don’t know anything that would link this to any community. We certainly don’t have any evidence that would say that’s the case.
”What we want to do is really unify together and support each other; do our best to support those who were injured in their recovery, and then allow the investigation to take place.”
Abdul Razak Ali Artan was a legal permanent resident of the United States but originally from Somalia according to officials.
He came to the United States in 2014 and had just transferred to Ohio State University from Columbus State.