Islamic State militants claim responsibility for attack in University of Ohio in Columbus

Somali-born student Abdul Razak Ali Artan “is a soldier of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in response to appeals targeting nationals of coalition countries”.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a ramming and stabbing attack outside Watts Hall at Ohio State University in Columbus Monday, which left 11 people wounded.

The assailant, Somali-born Ohio State University student Abdul Razak Ali Artan, “is a soldier of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in response to appeals targeting nationals of coalition countries,” the jihadi group’s Amaq news agency said.

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies investigating Monday’s attack did not corroborate the report or any other link between Artan and Islamic State.

Russia’s RT news network reported Tuesday that prior to the attack, Artan had posted a Facebook “declaration” that expressed grievances over anti-Muslim sentiments in the U.S.: “America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah. We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that,” Artan wrote, using the Arabic term for the Muslim community.

Source: /Israel Hayom