Somali Muslims in Atlanta condemn OSU attack

Somali Muslims in Atlanta condemn attack

CLARKSTON, Ga -- Somali Muslims living in metro Atlanta say they are horrified at Monday's Ohio State University attack, and horrified that the suspect is a Muslim originally from Somalia.

Federal agents searching the background of the suspect, 18-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan, who was in the U.S. legally, found that Artan was writing extensively on his social media accounts, complaining that attacks on Muslims around the world "led to a boiling point. I can't take it anymore."

Investigators say Artan planned his attack, against fellow OSU students.

"Of course, he doesn't speak for any Somalis nor any Muslims," says Imam SH Salahadin Wazir.

Wazir and Clarkston City Council Member Ahmed Hassan, and Omar Shekhey, the Executive Director of the Somali American Community Center in Clarkston, and other Somali Muslims condemn Artan and what he's accused of doing.

"The community, myself, everybody is outraged by what happened and who did it," Hassan said. "Everybody's concerned and everybody's angry."

They say crimes like Artan is accused of committing in the name of Islam fuel fears about their religion, which they say they are working to address, establishing relationships with DeKalb County police and others in the community.

"I think the rest of the country needs to come to DeKalb County and learn how we peacefully co-exist and live in modality, for the rest of the country to follow," Wazir said.

They say they are trying to contact OSU and the victims and their families to offer their sympathy and support.

There are nearly 100,000 Muslims, and as many as 8,000 people from Somalia, living in metro Atlanta.

(© 2017 WXIA)


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