A Somali refugee and Ohio State University student ploughed his car into a group of people on campus Monday evening and slashed them with a butcher knife. Eleven people were injured in the incident. Police are now investigating whether the attack was an act of terror.
The suspect drove a car into crowd outside Watts Hall and attacked people in Columbia University on Monday. Six of the injured were struck by the car and five sustained knife injuries, according to college officials. An Ohio State University police officer shot and killed the suspect, who was later identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan
The incident is being investigated by the FBI. However, no confirmed information has surfaced yet as to whether the attack was terror-related.
The attack happened at 10 AM on Monday. According to Craig Stone of the Ohio State University Police. “To go over the curb and strike pedestrians and then get out and start striking with the knife — that was on purpose.”
The attack, initially reported as an “active shooter” by the university, stunned students who were returning to class after Thanksgiving break, leading to a 90-minute shelter-in-place warning and an admonition from campus officials to “Run Hide Fight.”
“We are very fortunate that an OSUPD officer was there and took quick action,” Stone added.
The police suspect that Abdul Razak may be linked to terror organizations like ISIS.
He is reported to have written a post on his Facebook page saying, "America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially Muslim Ummah. We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that."
This is the 12th terror attack that has happened in the US this year, spreading a wave of mass panic.