Eleven Injured, Suspect Killed in Ohio State University Attack


November 28, 2016


A Somali-born Ohio State student crashed his vehicle into pedestrians on the Columbus campus Monday, then slashed students with a butcher knife before being fatally shot by a university police officer, authorities said.



Eleven people were rushed to hospitals and one was in critical condition, according to university Police Chief Craig Stone. The incident is being investigated by the FBI, although no confirmed information has surfaced yet as to whether the attack was terror-related.

The drama began shortly before 10 a.m. ET, when the suspect deliberately drove over a curb and began his attack, Stone said. He said the officer arrived about a minute later and engaged the suspect.

"We are very fortunate that an OSUPD officer was there and took quick action," Stone said.


Monica Moll, the university's public safety director, identified the assailant as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a student at the school. Multiple media outlets including NBC News and the Associated Press, citing sources who requested anonymity, described him as a 20-year-old native of Somalia living in the United States as a legal permanent resident.

He was shot by Officer Alan Horujko, 28, who has been on the university force for almost two years, Moll said.

Columbus Police Chief Chief Kim Jacobs, whose officers also responded to the attack, said terrorism had not been ruled out. "That's why our federal partners are here and helping," she said. "I think we have to consider that it is."

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that while the bloodshed is still under investigation, it "bears all of the hallmarks of a terror attack carried out by someone who may have been self-radicalized."

"Here in the United States, our most immediate threat still comes from lone attackers that are not only capable of unleashing great harm, but are also extremely difficult, and in some cases, virtually impossible to identify or interdict," he said.

The SITE Intelligence Group, a Bethesda,-Md.-based company that tracks online activity of potential terror organizations, said the attack mirrors some the instructions that ISIS has issued.

"Though Artan’s motive has yet to be confirmed, his method of attack — involving both a vehicle and knife — resemble attack methods suggested by IS in recent months via a video from its Raqqa Province in Syria and issues of its “Rumiyah” magazine," SITE said in a statement. "These media releases have included detailed guides on how to perform knife attacks and reap mass casualties in vehicular attacks, among other matters."

“While past Islamic State media releases have focused on who to kill, recent media from the group has shown a strong focus on how to kill,” SITE Director Rita Katz said.



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