Ohio State University: Student praised terrorist before knife attack


29 November, 2016

An Ohio State University police officer was lauded Monday for quickly stopping a student who drove his vehicle into pedestrians and began stabbing them.

At least 9 people were injured, one of them critically.

"We're very fortunate that an OSU PD officer was there and took quick action", said Monica Hall, OSU director of public safety.

Shortly after, an Ohio State officer said shots were fired, which police later determined were fired by officers. Authorities identified Abdul Razak Ali Artan as the Somali-born Ohio State University student who plowed his vehicle.

A auto and knife attack by an Ohio State University student of Somali origin is being investigated as a possible terror attack, a US congressman and another government source said. "About 20 or 30 seconds (after they left), a auto rammed into a group of people; someone may have tipped the suspect off, since all the people who were in the building were waiting outside, including professors, a few of whom were too old to run", Cai said.

The officer who gunned the attacker down was identified Horujko, a almost two-year member of the force.

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The details emerged after a morning of confusion and conflicting reports that began with the university issuing a series of tweets warning students that there was an "active shooter" on campus near the engineering building and that they should "run, hide, fight".

Ohio Gov. John Kasich joined the school president and police chief in commending Horujko at a press conference Monday afternoon.

Ohio State is one of the largest universities in the nation, with almost 60,000 students. "We will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims" his FB post further said, ABC News reported. Hospital officials said the eight victims had non-life-threatening injuries.

Students were told to "Run Hide Fight", a standard protocol for an active shooter situation. Artan talked about being a Muslim and said that Columbus State had offered more accommodations for prayer.

Ohio State's official Twitter page retweeted a post from OSU Emergency Management saying there is an active shooter on campus in Columbus on Monday morning.

Some of the victims were injured when they were hit by the vehicle, while others sustained stab wounds, Thomas said. "Campus remains open during the continued investigation, although classes have been canceled for the remainder of the day".

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