FBI Believe Ohio State Attacker Was Likely Inspired by ISIS and al-Qaeda


Federal and local investigators believe the attack launched earlier this week at Ohio State University involved only Abdul Razak Ali Artan, who was likely inspired by slain al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki and anti-U.S. rhetoric spewed by the Islamic State.

Angela Byers, chief of the FBI’s Cincinnati Division, also said Wednesday that Artan was not known to law enforcement authorities prior to Monday’s assault in which the 18-year-old man crashed a car into a campus crowd and then lashed out with a butcher knife before he was fatally shot by a campus police officer.

“He was not the subject of any investigation,” Byers said in a briefing on the ongoing investigation.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Kevin Johnson