Ohio State University attacker injures 11; terrorism suspected
Los Angeles : It is not known whether the Ohio State University attack was a terrorist one or not but initial police investigations claimed that a man first plowed his car into a group of pedestrians and then began stabbing them with a butcher knife on Monday.
11 people have been hurt in the attack which was undertaken by Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a Somali-born legal permanent resident of the US.
A morning of confusion was witnessed by the university after warnings were issued that an active shooter has been reported in the campus.
The warning was apparently prompted by what turned out to be police gunfire.
The scene inside the university was disturbing as authorities blocked off roads and students barricaded themselves inside offices and classrooms, piling chairs and desks in front of doors to prevent any threat from the attacker at large.
According to Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone, “The assailant deliberately drove over a curb 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.”
A graduate student, Angshuman Kapil told authorities that when the car barreled into the sidewalk, he was just nearby.
“It just hit everybody who was in front. After that everybody was shouting, ‘Run! Run! Run!’”
On the possibility of it a terrorist attack, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said- “I think we have to consider that it is.”
In the recent months, Islamic State has urged its followers to carry any sort of attack in their home countries with whatever weapons they have.