UPDATE: Ohio State Police shot and killed a Somali terror suspect after he rammed a group of students at Ohio State University with his car, at approximately 10am local time.
He then got out of the car and attacked his victims with a butcher’s knife.
At least 9 people are injured and hospitalized. One is currently in critical condition.
The suspect, Abdul Razak Ali Artan was a Somalian refugee with (legal) permanent resident status—meaning that he was screened and vetted. He was on the path to legal American citizenship.
Artan appears to have been an Islamic activist on campus. See his interview with the Campus newspaper, where he describes his struggles, such as not having a dedicated Islamic prayer space.
He complains that Muslims are unfairly portrayed by the media as terrorists and terrorist sympathizers. He’s as ironic as he was evil.
Ohio State University Police Chief Craig Stone said that this was no accident, it was a deliberate terrorist attack.
To go over the curb and strike pedestrians, and then get out and start striking them with a knife—that was on purpose.
The FBI will be investigating terror links.
The students were incredibly lucky that police (read: people with guns) were on site, and could respond immediately to the threat. Ohio State University is a gun free zone, meaning that students are not allowed to defend themselves with firearms on campus.
This provides the perfect target for terrorists—thousands of defenceless people clustered together in a confined space. University students are lambs at the slaughter for Jihadists.
This attack also follows ISIS’s prescription for lone wolf attacks. In September, 2014 ISIS made this plea to its acolytes in the West:
…do not let this battle pass you by wherever you may be. You must strike the soldiers, patrons, and troops of the tawaghit. Strike their police, security, and intelligence members, as well as their treacherous agents. Destroy their beds. Embitter their lives for them and busy them with themselves. If you can kill a disbelieving American… or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war [on the Islamic State], then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be….
…single out the disbelieving American. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him….
This is not the first time Somalis have been at the center of terrorist plots.
In September, a 20 year old Somalian stabbed 10 people at a St. Cloud, Minnesota, shopping mall before being shot dead by an off-duty police officer.
It is also not the first time Ohio’s been rocked by terrorist activity.
Earlier this year, diners at the Nazareth Restaurant, in Columbus, were attacked by a machete-wielding terrorist named Mohamed Barry. Four people were wounded in the attack.
Last year a man named Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, a Columbus resident, was charged with attempting to provide material support for the Islamic State, after having travelled to Syria.
Unfortunately, attacks such as this will only increase in frequency, as more and more immigrants from dangerous, and hostile regions pour into America, although the election of Donald Trump may offer some respite, should he follow through on his campaign promise to halt immigration from radical Muslim countries.
If not, this is the new norm.