Terror suspected in yesterday's OSU attack injuring 11

The initial investigation into yesterday's knife attack reveals strong evidence indicating that terrorism was the of the Somali attacker. 11 were injured in the attack.
The attacker was Abdul Razak Ali Artan an OSU student Photo Credit: CNN/Channel 2 News

Federal law enforcement officials in the US suspect that the attack on Ohio State University's campus yesterday morning was likely an act of terror. The initial investigation, as well as posts and content found on the attacker's Facebook page, point to terrorism. Yet, federal law enforcement officials say it is still early to definitely declare this an act of terrorism.

The attacker was 18-year-old OSU student Abdul Razak Ali Artan, who was born in Somalia. According to officials, Ali Artan wrote on his Facebook page a post criticizing attacks against Muslims, saying he was "sick and tired" of seeing fellow Muslims "killed and tortured."

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The scene after the suspected terror attack in Ohio Photo Credit: CNN/Channel 2 News

The attack began as Ali Artan drove his car into a crowd of pedestrians on the OSU campus. He then proceeded to leave his car, armed with a knife, and began stabbing students. At this point, a police officer arrived and shot the attacker after he refused to drop the knife. 11 in total were injured in varying conditions.

During the attack, students on campus received warnings from the school administration and the OSU Emergency Management tweeted, "Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College."

Students on campus described events to CNN, saying they all received text messages about a shooter on campus. One student, Harrison Roth, tweeted, "I'm safe in a barricaded room, if you're on campus, get in a room and stay safe."


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