'America! Stop interfering': University attacker's online rant before knife attack

The man who was shot dead by police after crashing a car into US university pedestrians and slashing them with a butcher's knife, had posted a rant online shortly before the attack.

Abdul Razak Ali Artan had shared a warning to America to leave Muslim communities alone.

The 18-year-old Somalian who became a permanent US resident in 2007, was a devout Muslim and a student at Ohio State University in Columbus.

Abdul Artan posted a message on his Facebook page that he "couldn't take it anymore" shortly before the attacks. Photo: The Lantern

"America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially Muslim Ummah (community) if you want us Muslims to stop carrying lone wolf attacks,” Artan wrote.

“We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that.”

Artan was killed by police after injuring eleven people in the random attack.

The third-year logistics management student had recently appeared in the school’s student newsletter, The Lantern, on his first day at the campus on (August 25) after transferring from Columbus State University.

Students leave buildings surrounding Watts Hall as police respond to reports of a shooting on campus at Ohio State University in Columbus. Photo: AP

Artan spoke of being afraid to pray in public, considering his new school did not have allocated prayer rooms.

He had told the publication of how he was concerned with the way the media portrayed Muslims as extremists.

Three months later he would be shot dead in an unprovoked attack on fellow students.

“I’m new here, this is my first day. This place is huge and I don’t even know where to pray. I wanted to pray in the open, but I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media.

“I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen.

Law enforcement officials are seen outside of a parking garage on the Ohio State campus. Photo: AFP

A witness took this photo as emergency crews arrived at the scene. Photo: Twitter/fancytastic

“But, I don’t blame them. 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. “

The school remained in lockdown for two hours after the attack, with students sheltered in classrooms and lecture theatres.

One student posted an image to Twitter of chairs barricaded against the door.

The university’s emergency management service sent out an alert warning of an active shooter on the campus grounds and advised pupils to “run, hide or fight”.

Inside a classroom, students stack chairs against the doors after receiving alerts of an active shooter. Photo: Twitter/Harrison Roth


"Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College," the service said in a Tweet.

All of the victims were transported to hospital, some suffering stab wounds and others sustaining injuries from the car.

FBI and SWAT teams searched the facility for further danger, and the campus was reopened just after 11:30am.

All classes were cancelled for the rest of the day.

Ohio State is one of the largest universities in the United States, with roughly 60,000 students on the main campus in Columbus, which sprawls across more than 1,900 acres (770 ha).