Ohio State University attack investigated as possible terrorism
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Police are investigating whether the incident at Ohio State University – in which nine people were injured, one critically – was a terrorist attack. A man drove his car into a group of pedestrians at the US university campus and began stabbing people with a butcher knife before he was shot to death by a police officer. The attacker was identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a Somali-born legal permanent resident of the US, according to an official. The FBI and other agencies have joined the investigation. Details emerged after a morning of confusion and conflicting reports that began with the university issuing a series of tweets warning that there was an “active shooter” on campus near the engineering building and that students should “run, hide, fight”. The warning was apparently prompted by what turned out to be police gunfire. Numerous police vehicles and ambulances converged on the 60,000-student campus, and authorities blocked off roads. Students barricaded themselves inside offices and classrooms, piling chairs and desks in front of doors. Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone said that the assailant deliberately drove over a kerb outside a classroom building and then got out and began attacking people with the knife. An officer who happened to be nearby because of a gas leak arrived on the scene and shot the driver in less than a minute, Stone said. Angshuman Kapil, a graduate student, was outside the building when the car barrelled onto the pavement. “It just hit everybody who was in front,” he said. “After that everybody was shouting ‘Run! Run! Run!’”
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