The latest update on the Ohio State attack shows that the motive of the individual for intentionally harming bystanders last Monday morning is because he was fed up with the killing and torture of his fellow Muslims.
CNN reported that Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a student in the same university he terrorized, posted messages on his Facebook account saying that he was tired of seeing his fellow Muslims getting “killed and tortured.”
Investigators looked into Abdul Razak Ali Artan’s Facebook account to see if there were any clues as to why he went on a rampage last Monday morning, which people have dubbed the Ohio State attack.
With the investigation in its early stages, the authorities aren’t confirming yet if the attack was an act of terrorism but some of Artan’s posts seem to indicate that he has been harboring some anger towards the nation that took him in.
In one of his posts, Abdul Artan called on the United States of America, “to stop interfering with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah.”
“Muslim Ummah” means the Muslim people at large, and Artan went on to warn Americans and other people, whom he claims to be persecuting Muslims, that his people won’t let them have peace if they don’t leave Muslims alone.
“By Allah, we will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims. You will not celebrate or enjoy any holiday,” said Artan on his Facebook post and the Ohio State attack proves that he was prepared to deliver his threat.
One other indication that showed why Artan went on his Ohio State attack was when he mentioned the persecution of Muslims in Myanmar.
According to Artan’s Facebook post, he said that the human rights abuse of Muslim people in Myanmar was the final straw for him.
He said that he was fed up with those who have been harming his fellow Muslims, which clearly indicated that he was ready to retaliate against the people he deems to be responsible for such atrocities.
Artan’s Ohio State attack left 11 individuals injured when he took his vehicle and drove right up to a group of people at the side of a curb inside the Columbus campus.
Artan exited his car and ran towards the bystanders while brandishing a knife. He tried stabbing the people closest to him but there were too many of them that Artan found it hard to target one individual.
Fortunately, the Ohio State attack didn’t escalate to further casualties all because of police officer Alan Horujko,` who took down Artan when the latter disobeyed his orders to stop his rampage.
Horujko was at the scene of the crime for a different reason and many people are grateful that he was there to stop the Ohio State attack from escalating to something much more calamitous.
According to WCPO, Horujko was called in to the campus due to a reported gas leak but when he saw Artan drive on the curb and headed towards pedestrians, he quickly responded to the situation.
Horujko saw Artan stab people with a butcher knife, and he confronted the Ohio State attacker immediately ordering him to stop. When Artan didn’t obey his orders, Horujko had no choice but to shoot him down since the attacker was still pursuing other bystanders.
Horujko took down Artan with three shots, which proved to be fatal.
Jacob Bower, who is also a student at Ohio State, saw the whole incident and said that Horujko was a hero for preventing the attacker from hurting more people.
Bower saw the Ohio State attack unfold right between Koffolt Laboratories and Watts Hall, and what made the whole thing downright creepy for him was that throughout the ordeal, Artan was silent as a mouse.
Bower added that even when Artan was getting shot by Horujko, the Ohio State attacker didn’t even yell or make any noise.
Authorities are still looking into the Ohio State attack to see if it was an act of terrorism, but until they’re done with their investigation they are urging the public not to jump to conclusions.
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