FBI: ‘Too soon’ to know if Ohio State attack was terrorism


It is “too soon” to determine if the attack at Ohio State University Monday was terrorism, the FBI said Wednesday. 

At a press conference, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Cincinnati Division said that 18-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan “may have been inspired by ISIS” when he injured 11 people using his car and a butcher knife. 

{mosads}”It’s too soon to draw any type of conclusions whether or not this is terrorism,” Special Agent Angel Byers said. 

Byers said it appears that Artan was inspired by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and the late al Qaeda-linked cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

While ISIS’s Amaq news agency claimed Artan was a “soldier” of the terrorist group, Byer said it is too early to confirm that. 

“They have been known to take credit for attacks like these when the attacker is deceased and cannot refute that.”

Artan was killed at the scene by a police officer. He was an Ohio State student and a legal permanent resident from Somalia. 



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