OSU Lone Wolf Terrorist Attack
Lone wolf terrorist attacks are on the rise in the United States. Two weeks ago, Ohio State University was the target of malicious violence that U.S. officials are categorizing as a lone-wolf attack. A 20-year-old Somalian refugee wounded 13 people as he plowed his car into a crowded sidewalk and then began stabbing people with a butcher’s knife.
In the hours before his vicious rampage, Abdul Razak Ali Artan posted a message on his Facebook page, complaining about America’s interference in Muslim countries and urging the U.S. to leave Muslim countries in peace. He wrote, “By Allah, we will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims. You will not celebrate or enjoy any holiday.” Artan also praised a senior leader of Al Qaeda, the late Anwar al-Awlaki, calling him “a hero”.
In recent months, the Islamic State has published propaganda encouraging attacks specifically using vehicles and knives as weapons. One article of the English-language magazine published by Al Qaeda particularly states “The idea is to use a pickup truck as a mowing machine, not to mow grass but mow down the enemies of Allah.” Another article explains how to strategically carry out a knife attack.
Within days of Artan’s rampage at Ohio State University, the Islamic State claimed responsibility of the attack and described Artan as a soldier of the terrorist group. With these type of attacks on the rise, it is essential that you remain vigilant, especially in large crowds. As always, you should report suspicious activity to local authorities using the most accurate description possible, including:
- Brief description of the activity
- Date, time and location of the activity
- Physical identifiers of anyone you observed
- Descriptions of vehicles
- Information about where people involved in suspicious activities may have gone
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/29/us/ohio-state-university-abdul-artan-islamic-state.html?_r=0 ; https://www.dhs.gov/how-do-i/report-suspicious-activity; https://www.splcenter.org/20150212/lone-wolf-report#lone wolf