At­tacker ‘may have self-rad­i­cal­ized’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - — REUTERS

A So­mali im­mi­grant who in­jured 11 peo­ple at Ohio State Uni­ver­sity in a ve­hi­cle and stab­bing at­tack be­fore he was shot dead may have fol­lowed the same path to sel­f­rad­i­cal­iza­tion as mil­i­tants in a num­ber of “lone wolf” at­tacks, of­fi­cials said on Tues­day.

Ab­dul Razak Ali Ar­tan, 20, was shot dead by a po­lice of­fi­cer on Mon­day mo­ments af­ter he plowed his car into a crowd of pedes­tri­ans and then leapt out and be­gan stab­bing peo­ple with a butcher knife.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors were prob­ing the back­ground of Ar­tan, a Mus­lim who was a law­ful per­ma­nent res­i­dent of the United States and a stu­dent at Ohio State.

Au­thor­i­ties have given no di­rect mo­tive for the at­tack on the Colum­bus cam­pus. US Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Adam Schiff, the rank­ing Demo­crat on the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Per­ma­nent Se­lect Com­mit­tee on In­tel­li­gence, said Ar­tan ap­peared to have been in­flu­enced by ma­te­rial on the in­ter­net.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors were look­ing into a mes­sage posted on Face­book by Ar­tan with in­flam­ma­tory state­ments about be­ing “sick and tired” of see­ing Mus­lims killed, a law en­force­ment source said.

MICHAEL BALSAMO / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Two staffers from a school dis­trict in New York state prac­tice ap­ply­ing a tourni­quet.

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