VIDEO : ISIS Claims Responsibility for Ohio State University Attack
Amaq news agency, which is affiliated to ISIS (ISIL, IS, Daesh) said in a statement on Tuesday that the attacker in Ohio State University responded to calls from the terrorist group to target citizens of the so-called coalition against Daesh.
The attack took place a day earlier when a Somali man, identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, rammed his car into pedestrians on the Columbus campus before getting out of the vehicle and going on a stabbing rampage.
According to police, around 80 people were on the sidewalk when Artan violently drove the car over the kerb.
The assailant was gunned down by police after injuring 11 people with a butcher’s knife.
In the Tuesday statement, Deash described 20-year-old assailant as a “soldier” of the Takfiri terrorist group.
“Brother Abdul Razak Ali Artan, God accept him, implementer of the Ohio attack, a student in his third year in university,” the group noted.
The third-year student at OSU (pictured below) was a Somali refugee, staying in the US as a legal permanent resident.
US Muslim leaders and organizations strongly condemned the act of violence, saying that Muslims were “saddened and heartbroken” by the attack.
In an interview in August last year, Artan had criticized the media for providing a false image of Muslims.
The incident prompted officials to put lockdown on the university, which has more than 64,000 students enrolled.
The attack came amid debate among Ohio lawmakers at the state senate to reduce the penalty of carrying a gun on a campus from a felony to a misdemeanor.
According to reports, Daesh Takfiri terrorists were first trained by the CIA, and are now fighting a proxy war on behalf of Washington to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The militants have been committing heinous crimes against all ethnic and religious communities in Syria and Iraq over the past years.