A Somali-born student, who attacked people with a car and knife at Ohio State University Monday, is being hailed as ‘a soldier of the Islamic State’.
The suspect drove a vehicle into pedestrians on a sidewalk at the campus. He then got out and began stabbing people with a butcher knife before being shot to death by a police officer.
Nine people were injured, one critically.
The attacker was later identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a legal permanent resident and OSU student.
Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.
— OSU Emergency Mngmnt (@OSU_EMFP) November 28, 2016
A self-described Islamic State news agency is labelling the attacker “a soldier of the Islamic State” who “carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of international coalition countries.”
Investigators continue to look into whether the attack was terror-related.
Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs previously said at a news conference Monday they were considering the possibility of a terror attack.
FBI agents continue to search Artan’s apartment for any information as to what may have sparked the incident.
Four of the victims remained in hospital Tuesday.
A candlelight vigil is being held by the school in the evening.