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Nashville imam urges unity after Ohio State attack

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Nine people were hurt when man plowed his car into a crowd and then started stabbing students at Ohio State University on Monday. (Source: WCMH/CNN) Nine people were hurt when man plowed his car into a crowd and then started stabbing students at Ohio State University on Monday. (Source: WCMH/CNN)
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Police say a Somali immigrant was shot and killed after going on a rampage at Ohio State University that left nine people hurt on Monday.

While FBI investigators are still looking for a motive in the attack, a posting on a Facebook page believed to belong to the assailant complained of attacks against Muslims.

Imam Ossama Bahloul, the resident scholar at the Islamic Center of Nashville, told Channel 4 his first thoughts when he heard about the incident.

“I prayed that he wasn't Muslim,” Bahloul said.

Bahloul said his first mission is to reach out to young Muslims to give them no excuse to become radicalized, something he said can only be accomplished by people reaching out to each other.

"I want to say to our brothers and sisters from other faiths, radicalism exists. We won't be able to overcome the challenge of radicalism without us working together, Muslims, Christians, Jewish and others. Let us all work together as Americans," Bahloul said.

Bahloul said Muslims are put in a tough spot as a result of attack at Ohio State University, but he prays that people of other faiths don't blame Muslims for the act of one person.

"When we have an incident like this, we have to recognize that something is very wrong. Secondly, we have to look to it as a challenge facing us all. I don't want anyone to attack the entire Muslim community, because the majority of Muslims are decent, wonderful, caring people," Bahloul said.

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