ISIS claims responsibility for Ohio State attack, saying Abdul was “soldier of the Islamic State”

Abdul Razak Ali Artan

The Islamic State has begun its endorsement of the Ohio State University attacker that injured several yesterday, claiming responsibility for the incident and referring to 18-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan as their “Brother.”

ISIS terror channels are praising the Somali refugee student of Ohio State University who used his vehicle and a large knife to injure nine people before being put down by OSU Campus Police gunfire.

At around 10 AM yesterday, original reports and police tweets notified students of an “active shooter on campus,” urging them to “Run Hide Fight.” However, no gun was involved in the incident- with exception to those of the OSU Police force.

While conflicting reports would circulate throughout the day, the attack bears a resemblance to another lone wolf attack that took place during a Bastille Day celebration in France earlier this year. According to Heavy, an ISIS magazine suggested using a vehicle and secondary weapon to mow down crowds during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

NBC News reports that minutes before weaponizing his car, the Somali-born Artan posted a photo on his Facebook page that said “Screenshot this before it gets deleted.” The image was that of a document decrying the persecution of Muslims around the world and praising radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

The rant of a document went on to say that a “boiling point” had been reached and that making peace with the Islamic State was a way to stop lone wolf attacks.

Growing up in Somalia, Artan left the African nation with his family in 2007 for Pakistan, staying there for seven years before finally coming to the US as refugees.

Kronos Advisory COO Michael L. Smith II tweeted that “Popular IS-linked Telegram channels now referring to Abdul Razak Ali #Artan, who was responsible for attack in #Ohio at #OSU as ‘brother.”

According to The Hill, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack through their Amaq News Agency, saying the attack was carried out by a “soldier of the Islamic State.”

Vehicular assaults have seemingly become the attack de jour with ISIS affiliates seeking a lone wolf-style hit on the population, with at least two possible attacks of similar nature being thwarted within US borders (Ohio and New York) before they could be carried out.

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  • Andy Wolf

    Andy Wolf is an Appalachian native who spent much of his youth and young adulthood overseas in search of combat, riches, and adventure- accruing decades of experience in military, corporate, first responder, journalistic and advisory roles. He resides in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains with his K9 companion, Kiki.

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