Ohio State Attacker: Who Is Abdul Razak Ali Artan?


The Daily Caller reports: The man behind today’s horrific attack at Ohio State University has been identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan.

Ohio law enforcement officials confirmed to NBC News Monday afternoon that Artan — an 18-year-old freshman at OSU — was the man who plowed a car into a crowd of people on campus and subsequently attacked passers-by with a butcher’s knife.

Authorities had previously confirmed that the suspect was a Somali refugee, legally residing in Ohio.

Artan fled Somalia with his family in 2007 before landing in Pakistan.

He moved to the United States in 2014, where he was granted legal, permanent status.

It should be noted that Ohio State’s online directory only lists one student with the name, Abdul Artan.

Furthermore, “The Lantern” — OSU’s campus newspaper — ran an interview with Artan just a few months ago, in which he criticized the school for not having Muslim prayer rooms on campus.

“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media,” he stated. “I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be.”

“I don’t blame them,” he cotinued. “It’s the media that put that picture in their heads so they’re just going to have it, and it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable.”

Artan’s motive is not yet known, yet authorities maintain that the attack was “done on purpose” and are treating the incident as a possible terrorist act.




  1. Until we wake up and realize that we need to “drain the swamp” of all these people (and I use the term ‘people’ loosely) – these things are going to continue to happen.

  2. His motive is Islam. I’m afraid and will only shop online and not in a crazy target mall. Avenue J, not for me. 13th ave no way, just my computer where I’m safe. Just being careful so I don’t become a korban.

  3. Just your regular garden variety Muslim.
    Not better, not worse.
    I personally employ half a dozen Muslim, mostly from Morocco, a more enlightened country.
    The most educated of them, a 70 year old multilingual refined gentleman, is totally convinced that 9/11 was “orchestrated by the Mossad”. He quit after working for me for over 10 years. I paid him always on time, gave him bonuses & treated him like royalty. He left cursing all the Jews in the world.

  4. I’m very concerned that there will be severe backlash perpetrated by those awful evil white racist Republicans against people of the Muslim faith. I demand that President Obama unleash the Thought Police against anyone that even comments on this Freedom fighter’s religion.

  5. Poor, Abdul. It’s all the media’s fault that people viewed him like a terrorist, and not like the peaceful, loving person he really was.

  6. . “I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be.” then he commits a terror attack, the exact thing he says the media falsely portrays Muslims as doing.

  7. Trouble was, he didn’t do this in Israel. Ram a car at a group of American students, it’s a terrorist attack. Ram a car at a group of Jews in Israel, it’s a pedestrian mistake.


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