Ohio State attacker complained bitterly in Facebook post of treatment of Muslims ‘everywhere,’ reports say – Washington Post
Just minutes before an 18-year-old Somali college student used a car and butcher knife to attack people on the Ohio State University campus Monday morning, he said in a Facebook post that he had reached a “boiling point” and was “sick and tired” of seeing Muslims around the globe “killed and tortured,” law enforcement officials told CNN and NBC.
The post said the U.S. should stop “interfering” in the Muslim world and referenced “lone wolf” attacks.
The post appeared to be on the Facebook page of the alleged attacker, Ohio State student Abdul Razak Ali Artan, and has since been disabled, reported ABC News. The Post could not independently confirm the story.
On Twitter, CNN’s Jake Tapper shared the full text of the post, which he said law enforcement officials confirmed was connected to Artan.
It began with a general denunciation of violence against Muslims “everywhere,” then referenced specifically the Rohingya Muslim community in Burma, who has been long-persecuted and denied citizenship and basic rights. Thousands have been fleeing into the forests and neighboring Bangladesh in recent weeks, The Post’s Annie Gowen has reported, on the heels of a brutal military crackdown that followed a terrorist attack on police posts on Oct. 9, allegedly carried out by Rohingya militants.
This week, a United Nations refugee agency official told the BBC that Burmese troops were “killing men, shooting them, slaughtering children, raping women, burning and looting houses, forcing these people to cross the river” into Bangladesh.
The official claimed the government’s goal was “ethnic cleansing of the Muslim minority.”
“Seeing my fellow Muslims being tortured, raped and killed in Burma led to a boiling point,” the Facebook post on Artan’s page reads, according to CNN. “I can’t take it anymore.”
The U.S. Department of State has been critical of the ongoing humanitarian crisis, and the U.S. ambassador to Burma visited the region in early November.
Even so, the Facebook post from Artan’s page also seems to call on America to “stop interfering” with the Muslim world.
“We are not weak,” it says.“. . . remember that.”
The post also references “lone wolf attacks,” and says the only way to stop them is for the United States to make peace, through a pact or treaty, with “Dawla in al sham,” which translates roughly to the Islamic State. The original name for ISIS in Arabic is Al-Dawla Al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham, which translates to the Islamic State of Iraq, and Syria and the wider surrounding area.
“By Allah, we will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims,” the post continues. “You will not celebrate or enjoy any holiday.”
The post’s intended audience then seems to shift to other Muslims. It calls any Muslim who disapproves of the writer’s actions a “sleeper cell, waiting for a signal” and calls upon the community to follow “our hero” Anwar Al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011. Videos recorded by Al-Awlaki before he died have been cited by numerous radicalized Muslims who went on to plan or carry out terrorist attacks, including the Boston Marathon bombing and the massacre at the satirical French newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, reported the New York Times.
It ends with a criticism of Western media, asserting that if Muhammad were alive today he’d be labeled a terrorist.
Law enforcement officials told CNN they were investigating the Facebook post.
Law enforcement official tells @ShimonPro this is text from a Facebook post believed to be by suspect in OSU attack pic.twitter.com/31S6MPjNTu
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 29, 2016