An Ohio State University student who severely injured 11 people Nov. 28 by ramming his car into a group of pedestrians and slashing them with a knife, told a student newspaper in August that he was afraid to pray on campus because of his Muslim identity.
Abdul Razak Ali Artan, who was killed by police shortly after the attack, told The Lantern newspaper last August that he was a pious and sacred Muslim.
"I wanted to pray in the open, but I was 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.”
“But, I don't blame them. It's the media that put that picture in their heads so they're going to just have it, it's going to make them feel uncomfortable. I was kind of scared right now. But I just did it. I relied on God. I went over to the corner and just prayed,” he told the publication.
Just before the Nov. 28 morning attack, Artan posted to Facebook: “I am sick and tired of seeing Muslims killed & tortured. I can’t take it anymore,” the posting read, according to ABC News.
“America! Stop interfering with other countries, if you want us Muslims to stop carrying out lone wolf attacks,” read the post, which has since been deleted.
Artan is a native of Somalia, who lived in Pakistan before immigrating to the U.S. in 2014 with his family.
Artan was a logistics management student at OSU. Various media reports indicate the 18-year-old had no affiliation to the Islamic State terrorist group.