Ohio State Terrorist Blasted 'Moderate Muslims' Before His Attack

Bryan Michalek | June 6, 2017
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Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the terrorist responsible for the Ohio State attack, challenged his family to stop being "moderate" Muslims before carrying out his act of terror against innocent bystanders.

On Nov. 28 of last year, Artan rammed his car into a group of students on the campus of Ohio State University before proceeding to get out of the vehicle and go on a stabbing spree. He managed to injure several people before being shot by police.

Now, the Associated Press is reporting Artan had left a disturbing note for his family before the attack, which contained more clues as to what inspired him to commit such an evil act.

In the torn-up note, which was pieced together and translated by investigators, Artan told his parents that he “will intercede for you in the day of Judgement." He also asked his family to “stop being moderate Muslims,” and pleaded with them to renounce their temperament within the faith, saying, “Oh Ummah (refers to the whole of the Muslim community) we are not moderate Muslims, we are Muslims."

“In the end, I would like to say that I pledge my allegiance to dawla,” he added. "Dawla" is an Arabic word used to describe a state or country. Although it is unclear to which country or state he was referencing, investigators speculate that he may have been referring to the Islamic State.

Artan ended his message by stating that he would leave all of his property to his beloved “but yet moderate mother.”

Bob Fitrakis, an attorney representing Artan’s relatives, said “The family is mystified by what happened. They’re absolutely clueless."

The note was obtained from an investigation case file through an open records request. Other records show that Artan dropped all of his classes at OSU around two weeks prior to the assault, claiming that he has “No regrets whatsoever.” Artan posted several rants on Facebook similar to the note he left for his family.

Artan and his family came to the United States as refugees in 2014. Although he was Somalian, his family had lived in Pakistan between 2007 and 2014. Investigators have said they believe Artan's attack was inspired by the killing of an American-born cleric by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen.

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