What the heck is going on at Ohio State University? Last year (on November 6th, 2015) four men were charged with attempting to aid al-Qaida, and three were former OSU students.
Then almost a year to day later, an OSU student was arrested on November 7th (just weeks ago) for allegedly donating funds to ISIS.
As we reported earlier, a shooting was reported at OSU and now some are suspecting terrorism could’ve played a role.
Initial reports stated a shooter had injured (but not killed) as many as nine people before being killed by police. It would’ve been one of the first mass public shootings that any of us can remember where there were no casualties (aside from the shooter), but as it turns out, he may have not had a gun at all.
Rather, it appears his crime was carried out with a knife and a car, as he also allegedly tried to run students over, reminiscent of the ISIS attack in Nice, France.
Now, we’ve learned that the man suspected to be behind the OSU attack is an 18-year-old Somali refugee. According to CBS, the attacker was Abdul Artan, an 18-year-old student at the university. He was a Somali refugee who left his homeland with his family in 2007, lived in Pakistan and then came to the United States in 2014 as a legal permanent resident of the United States, officials said.
This car just swerved and ran into a whole group of people,” said Nicole Kreinbrink, who was walking down the street when she saw the car hit people who had evacuated an academic building during a fire alarm. “Then I heard someone yell, ‘He’s got a knife.’ And I saw a guy with a big-ass knife just chasing people around. When I saw that, I grabbed all my stuff and started running,” said Jacob Bowers, another OSU student.
There’s no doubt it was deliberate.
While no motive has yet been confirmed, the use of the knife and vehicle as a weapon makes the style of attack unique to those carried out as acts of Jihad.
A similar attack occurred in September, when a 22-year old Somali refugee went on a stabbing spree at the Crossroads Mall in Minnesota. The next month, ISIS called on followers to engage in a “campaign of knife attacks” in the West.
And according to Heavy.com, Yesterday, ISIS released a video encouraging knife attacks on non-Muslims in the West.
That fact, combined with the identity of the assailant is fueling speculation. that the two are related.
2) Nov 26 #ISIS vid instructed on knife attacks while ISIS’ Rumiyah mag advised on vehicular attacks 2 weeks prior. Both spread on soc media
— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) November 28, 2016
If connected to ISIS, this would mark the third ISIS-inspired attack on U.S. soil where not a single person was killed except for the attackers.
Meanwhile, I think we all know how the rest of the media is responding to this development….
Thoughts and prayers for all the evening news editors who had to scrap all those 10-minute gun violence segments
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) November 28, 2016
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]