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Ohio State University attacker was 'Somali refugee'

Abdul Razak Ali Artan who injured 11 people, one critically, in a rampage at Ohio State University, was of Somali descent and a student on campus according to US officials.

Abdul Razak Ali Artan,18 years of age, rammed his car into a group of pedestrians at the college before he began stabbing people.  Police shot him dead and has started investigating whether the incident was a terrorist attack. CCTV cameras filmed the suspect, Artan, arriving on campus alone which is an indication he did not have an accomplice helping him during the attack. The FBI has joined the inquiry at the 60,000-student campus in Columbus, Ohio. Artan who studied logistics management in the college of Business at Ohio State was a Somali refugee living in the United States as a legal permanent resident.

The incident began at 10:00 local time on Monday when Artan drove his vehicle over the curb on campus, striking pedestrians near Watts Hall, which happens to be the science and engineering building.

As if that wasn't enough Artan got out of the vehicle and began stabbing bystanders with a "butcher's knife" according to Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone. A policeman, 28-year-old Alan Horujkowho, nearby shot the attacker dead in less than a minute. Those directly affected by the attack included a mix of academic faculty, maintenance staff, and graduate and undergraduate students of the University.

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