Ohio cam­pus at­tacker iden­ti­fied as So­mali stu­dent

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A UNI­VER­SITY stu­dent, re­port­edly of So­mali de­scent, rammed his car into a crowd of peo­ple at Ohio State Uni­ver­sity and at­tacked them with a butcher knife, in­jur­ing 11 be­fore the po­lice fa­tally shot him.

Iden­ti­fy­ing the as­sailant as Ab­dul Razak Ali Ar­tan, of­fi­cials in the north­ern US state said he ap­peared to have acted alone in what was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated as a ter­ror at­tack.

But of­fi­cials said they so far had no in­di­ca­tion of a mo­tive, and Ohio State pres­i­dent Michael Drake cau­tioned against jump­ing to con­clu­sions when asked about any con­nec­tion to the So­mali com­mu­nity.

The whole in­ci­dent lasted just a few min­utes – from the car ca­reen­ing into the crowd un­til the sus­pect was shot dead – but trig­gered a tense lock­down on the main cam­pus in Colum­bus, with pan­icked stu­dents hid­ing in bath­rooms be­fore the scene was de­clared se­cure.

Of­fi­cials said 11 peo­ple were be­ing treated at lo­cal hos­pi­tals for stab­bing wounds and in­juries from the mo­tor ve­hi­cle, but none of their in­juries were life-threat­en­ing.

Colum­bus po­lice chief Kim Ja­cobs said ear­lier in the day they were con­sid­er­ing the “pos­si­bil­ity” that it was ter­ror­ism re­lated.

US me­dia re­ported that Ar­tan was of So­mali de­scent, but of­fi­cials did not con­firm that. They did not re­lease his ex­act age, say­ing only that they he was born in 1998.

An OSU stu­dent of the same name was pro­filed in the Au­gust is­sue of stu­dent news­pa­per The Lan­tern, for an ar­ti­cle in which he spoke of the lack of Mus­lim prayer rooms on cam­pus.

Ar­tan, who was iden­ti­fied as a third-year trans­fer stu­dent study­ing lo­gis­tics man­age­ment, told the pa­per he was un­com­fort­able with pray­ing on cam­pus.

It took nearly two hours be­fore of­fi­cials lifted the lock­down, and shocked stu­dents and staff be­gan stream­ing out of build­ings. Classes were can­celled for the day.

The ram­page comes two months after a So­mali im­mi­grant stabbed 10 peo­ple at a mall in Min­nesota, be­fore he was fa­tally shot.

Dahir Ahmed Adan, 20, was de­scribed as “rad­i­calised” and the Islamic State claimed the at­tack as the work of an IS “soldier”. –

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