Islamic State terrorist channels have been begun to praise 18-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the Somali refugee behind the terrorist attack today at Ohio State University. However, while the Islamic State sympathizers praise Artan, there is no official claim of credit yet.
Law enforcement sources told NBC News that Artan, who was killed at the scene, was an 18-year-old Ohio State student. The sources told NBC he is a Somali refugee and a legal permanent resident of the United States.
Nearly all people in Somalia are Sunni Muslims. ISIS is a Sunni Islamist extremist group.
Earlier this morning, an active shooter was reported on the north part of the OSU campus in Columbus, Ohio. Police tweeted just before 10 a.m., “active shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.” The Columbus Dispatch reported that one person in the car had a gun while the other had a “large knife.”
However, it was later revealed that no gun was found on the body of Artan or in the crime scene.
WBNS reports that nine people were injured. The station says that of those nine, eight are in stable condition while one is in critical condition. NBC Columbus’ Ted Hart reports that a person attacked with a large knife is a professor at the school.
NBC Columbus reporter Matt Barnes tweeted that two people have been “escorted out of garage in handcuffs and put into SWAT vehicle.” However, later reports state that Artan worked alone.
Earlier this month, an ISIS magazine article targeting the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade suggested to jihadists how to carry out a successful attack as a lone wolf operative. In the article, ISIS suggested that a lone wolf use a vehicle to plow into a crowd and to carry a secondary weapon.
A similar attack claimed by ISIS was carried out this year on July 14 at a Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France by Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel. Bouhlel is responsible for murdering up to 84 people by ramming into them with a truck and shooting at them.
At least one planned ISIS-style attack has been thwarted recently by authorities in Ohio. 5 days ago the Washington Post reported that Munir Abdulkader, 22, an Ohio college student, “pleaded guilty to plotting an Islamic State-guided attack on a US military employee and a police station.” The attack was intended to be carried out in Cincinnati. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The FBI also recently arrested a New York man, Mohamed Rafik Naji, who had tried to join ISIS overseas and is accused of talking to an informant about possibly attacking Times Square using a vehicle.
Last year at this time, the world was still recovering from the November 13 ISIS terrorist attack in Paris when Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, carried out a deadly assault on the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.