There was a terror attack at Ohio State University yesterday, but it was hardly the only suspicious thing to come out of a current or former student at the University.
In November of last year, four Ohio men, including three former OSU students were charged with raising cash for an al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen. Apparently OSU is the school of choie for Jihadis in America, apparently.
And here’s something even crazier. The man behind the attack, Abdul Razak Ali Artan reportedly lived “across” from the university, and now we’re hearing that a mosque located one mile away from the university is at the center of SIX terror-related investigations.
The website for Masjid Omar Ibn El Khattab, just a mile from the Ohio State University campus, proclaims itself “the Muslim Heart of Columbus.” And yet the mosque, described as one of the most ideologically hardline in the city, has grabbed the media spotlight once again: former attendees were recently reported as having joined the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria.
Oh, and did I mention they’ve been under investigation a number of times for links to terrorism?
Not long ago, PJ Media reported that three individuals who lived just yards from Masjid Omar for two years joined ISIS in Syria in July 2014. Rasel Raihan was killed in Syria in a U.S. airstrike. His older sister Zakia Nasrin and her husband Jaffrey Khan are still in Raqqa, according to internal ISIS documents which NBC News obtained from an ISIS defector.
In that NBC News report, the mosque’s president, Basil Gohar, tried to distance the trio from the mosque. He said that Jaffrey, despite living so close to the mosque for two years, had only attended the mosque for a few weeks and had kept to himself.
When a local TV station caught up with him a few days later, Gohar again tried to distance the mosque from the ISIS recruits — as well as from the previous convicted terrorists who had attended the mosque.
Something odd is going on at that mosque. Is it possible that the perpetrator behind yesterday’s attack also attended the mosque? Certainly, and we’ll find out soon if he did as the investigation into him continues.
Meanwhile, I believe it’s time for the FBI to take a look into that mosque. Hopefully they do a better job than when they investigated Hillary Clinton.