The Latest: Official: OSU attacker mad about US interference


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the attack at the Ohio State University campus (all times local):

10:55 a.m.

A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press the attacker at Ohio State University railed on his Facebook account against U.S. interference in countries with Muslim communities.

Abdul Razak Ali Artan warned about Muslims he described as belonging in “a sleeper cell, waiting for a signal.” The posting said that if the U.S. wanted “Muslims to stop carrying lone wolf attacks, then make peace with ‘dawla in al sham,'” or the terror group known as the Islamic State.

The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the ongoing criminal investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Artan specifically protested the killing of Muslims in Burma, where the head of the U.N. refugee agency in Bangladesh last week said a Muslim minority group was suffering violence tantamount to ethnic cleansing at the state’s hands.

— Associated Press writer Tami Abdollah contributed to this report from Washington.

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10:05 a.m.

Ohio State University says it will hold a vigil on campus as a way to begin healing after a car-and-knife attack on campus injured 11 people.

The event Tuesday night will take place at the university’s former basketball arena.

Classes, meanwhile, have resumed after the attack Monday morning that investigators say was carried out by Abdul Razak Ali Artan, an OSU student born in Somalia.

Police say they’re investigating whether it was a terrorist attack.

The area of campus where the assailant’s car plowed into a group of pedestrians before he began stabbing people was quiet and mostly empty Tuesday morning.

There were few signs of where the attack happened.

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9 a.m.

Officials say four of the 11 victims taken to hospitals after a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State in Columbus remain hospitalized.

A spokeswoman says two of the six people treated for injuries at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center remain hospitalized Tuesday.

A spokesman for OhioHealth Grant Medical Center and OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital says the three people taken to Grant were discharged Monday afternoon and the two victims taken to Riverside Methodist remain in fair condition Tuesday morning.

Authorities have said OSU student Abdul Razak Ali Artan purposely plowed his car into a group of pedestrians on campus Monday morning and then got out of his vehicle and began stabbing people with a butcher knife. He was fatally shot by a campus police officer.

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2 a.m.

Investigators are looking into whether a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University that injured 11 people was an act of terror.

Authorities say the attacker deliberately plowed his car into a group of pedestrians on campus Monday morning, and then got out and began stabbing people with a butcher knife before he was fatally shot by a campus police officer.

The attacker has been identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan.

A motive is not known, but police say they’re investigating whether it was a terrorist attack.

A U.S. official told The Associated Press Monday that Artan was born in Somalia and was a legal permanent U.S. resident. The official was not authorized to discuss the case and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Classes at Ohio State are scheduled to resume Tuesday.

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