Abdul Ali Artan: Ohio attacker named as Somali refugee student who stabbed own classmates

SOMALI refugee Abdul Razak Ali Artan has been named as the attacker behind the bloody rampage on Ohio State University that left eleven people injured.

By Rebecca Perring
PUBLISHED: 22:25, Mon, Nov 28, 2016 | UPDATED: 22:56, Mon, Nov 28, 2016

Abdul Razak Ali Artan is a Somali refugee

The crazed 18-year-old rammed his car into a group of innocent bystanders on campus before getting out and stabbing people with a butcher's knife before police shot him dead.

Artan had left Somalia with his family in 2007 and lived in Pakistan before resettling in the US two years ago.

The FBI has refused to rule out terror as the motive behind the vicious attack in Columbus, which has one of the largest contingents of Somali migrants in the United States.

Artan was interviewed by the student newspaper The Lantern back in August, where he spoke about how he struggled to find a private place to pray on campus.

Students barricaded themselves in the classroom using wooden chairs

He transferred to the Columbus State at the beginning of the school year.

Artan told them: “This place is huge, and I don't even know where to pray. I wanted to pray in the open, but I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media.

“I’m a Muslim, it's not what the media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don't know what they're going to think, what's going to happen.

“But, I don’t blame them.

“It’s the media that puts that picture in their heads so they’re going to have it and it, it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable.

Police shot dead the attacker

"I was kind of scared right now. But I just did it. I relied on God. I went over to the corner and just prayed.”

Although his motive remains unclear, authorities say the attack was planned in advance. Police Chief Craig Stone said: “This was done on purpose.”

Authorities also believe they have found the student’s Facebook profile, where they say he posted a “declaration” that expressed his grievances over attacks against Muslims, according to local reports.

The suspect jumped the curb and used his vehicle to strike pedestrians in front of Watts Hall, Monica Moll, the university's director of public safety said.

He is said to have used a sport utility vehicle, according to local media.

The knife-wielding assailant then left the vehicle armed with a butcher knife and stabbed several others.

Emergency services at Ohio state university

Campus officer Alan Harujko, 28, stormed to the scene and told the suspect: “Drop it and get down or I’ll shoot you” before killing him less than a minute after the attack began.

Speaking after the drama unfolded, student Jacob Bowers said: “I didn’t see anyone get stabbed but I saw the police officer take down the stabber.

“He saved lives today."

Eleven people have been rushed to hospital, with at least one person in a critical condition, following the stabbing rampage at Ohio State University.

The shooter was shot dead by a police officer

Ohio attacker Artan

The patients were treated for either stab wounds or injuries due to being mowed down by the car.

The victims are understood to be staff, graduate and undergraduate students and from the faculty.

Students were instructed to “run, hide and fight” in a tweet posted by the school’s office just before 10am (local time).