Police Killed Attacker, Somali Refugee at Ohio State University


Time: 18:04 p.m. CEST Update: 1o:14 p.m. CEST

A person who injured nine people in an attack at Ohio State University was of Somali descent, U.S. officials said, as bbc.com reports. Eighteen years-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan entered with his car at the building inside the Ohio State University and started to stab people before police killed him. He was in the United States as a legal permanent resident, an official said to the Associated Press. Police investigate if that was a terrorist attack. NBC News explained that the attacker left Somalia with his family in 2007. He was in Pakistan before settling in the United States in 2014.

Monica Moll, the university’s public safety director explained the identity of the attacker, who was a student at the school. After the attack, a police officer Alan Horujko, 28 who has been on the university force, killed the attacker.

“We prepare for situations like this, but we hope we never have one,” school President Michael Drake said.

Several of the injured victims are graduate, undergraduate students at Ohio State University,  and university staff. Ohio Governor John Kasich thanked to the response by the university police officers and said the university would open tomorrow.

Ohio State University was on lockdown on Monday morning while police killed at least one suspect, cbsnews.com reports. Police advised people on campus to stay inside, as the situation was not clear if there is another shooter in the campus area.

In the latest incident on U.S. campuses, at least nine people are injured cbsnews.com reports. The incident started while firefighters responded to a chlorine leak. Moments after the incident someone breached with the car into the building. And after that someone began to attack people with a knife. Ohio State University sent alert about the situation in the campus cbsnews.com reports with the content, Hide. Run. Fight.

People and students could register under Facebook safety check, entitled “The Violent Incident in Columbus, Ohio,” with the options “safe,” “unsafe” or “outside the affected area.”

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