Ohio State attacker may have been inspired by overseas militants

Ohio State attacker may have been inspired by overseas militants

"Brother Abdul Razak Ali Artan, God accept him, implementer of the OH attack, a student in his third year in university", the post read.

Artan was a Somali refugee who came to the USA legally with his parents in 2014 after living in Pakistan for seven years.

The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, and USA officials said that Artan may have followed the same path to self-radicalisation as militants in a number of "lone wolf" attacks.

Yet leaders of the mosque say they don't remember Artan, and Ohio State's Muslim and Somali student groups say he wasn't affiliated with their organizations.

Still, the idea of foreign immigrants from a poor and distant country, supposedly entering unchecked and committing random acts of terror, will continue to have great pull for politicians.

Jacobs said, because Artan drove onto the sidewalk, police believe the attack may have been planned.

The FBI also said that despite a Facebook post made just minutes before the attack in which Artan said he was willing to kill "a billion infidels" to stop America from "interfering with other countries", he had not been on the agency's radar.

But he became a little emotional when praising the campus police officer who stopped the attack by shooting and killing the assailant.

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that Artan "should not have been in our country".

"As terrible as this is, this is one of those isolated incidents", he said.

Student Ashley Greivenkamp signs a community message board at The Ohio State University student union Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, following an attack at on campus the previous day, in Columbus, Ohio.

The investigation has not found that anyone else was involved in the planning or in the attack, Byers said.

He had graduated with honors from Columbus State Community College last May, earning an associate of arts degree.

He also said there doesn't seem to be much time between the onset of Artan's apparent radicalization and the attack, a period known in law enforcement and intelligence circles as "flash to bang".

People on campus barricaded themselves in classrooms.

Classes for the 60,000 students at Ohio State, where Artan began taking classes this fall, were canceled after the attack but resumed Tuesday. The driver got out of the auto, armed with a butcher knife and began attacking the group.

USA officials have said no negative information was found during background checks on Artan when he was allowed into the U.S. and when he became a legal permanent resident in 2015. Well-wishers using markers contributed Bible verses, famous quotations and sympathy to both the victims and police. Around them, a tour guide led prospective students and their parents out into the drizzle. She said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is attempting to authenticate the posts.

The post went up the morning of the attack, Byers said.