Ohio State Attack Suspect Is Abdul Ali Artan, 18-Year-Old Somali Refugee; Terrorism Investigated

Tyler Durden's picture

Update: courtesy of NBC's Tom Winter, we have the alleged Somali refugee suspect's name, which is Abdul Razak Ali Artan.

According to recent press report, Abdul Razak Artan was a peaceful Muslim, "wrongly portrayed by the media"

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Following today's attack at Ohio State University, CBS is reporting that the sole suspect is an OSU student who was a Somali refugee. His name has not been released.

There were conflicting report about the suspect's age with NBC adding that according to law enforcement officials, he was an 18-year-old Ohio State student, although it agrees that the unnamed suspect was a Somali refugee who was a legal permanent resident of the United States.

Conflict News adds that a terror motive is currently being investigated by authorities.

During a news conference following the attack, the chief of police at the university Craig Stone said that the suspect was shot dead after ramming into pedestrians with a car and attacking them with a butcher knife. While the incident was initially reported as an "active shooter" situation, the suspect did not shoot anyone.

"About 9:52 am, a male suspect drove a vehicle over the curb… struck pedestrians. He exited the vehicle, and used a butcher knife to start cutting pedestrians," Craig Stone said as quoted by AFP.

"This car just swerved and ran into a whole group of people," said Nicole Kreinbrink, who was walking down the street when she saw the car hit people who had evacuated an academic building during a fire alarm. "All these people were running and screaming and yelling," she added.

"Our officer was on scene in less than a minute and he ended the situation in less than a minute. He engaged the suspect, and he eliminated the threat," he said.

The motive behind the attack was unknown, but officials said the attack was clearly deliberate and may have been planned in advance.  

"This was done on purpose," Stone said.

Finally, Columbus Police Chief Chief Kim Jacobs, whose officers also responded to the attack, said it could have been an act of terror. "That's why our federal partners are here and helping," she said.

Homeland Security Adviser Lisa Monaco briefed President Obama on the incident, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. He said FBI agents in Columbus were assisting with the investigation.

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Jacob Bowers, an OSU sophomore, was sitting on a bench about 100 feet away when he noticed people running. "Then I heard someone yell, 'He's got a knife.' And I saw a guy with a big-ass knife just chasing people around. When I saw that, I grabbed all my stuff and started running," Bowers said.

Bowers said he looked back to see a police officer on the scene. The officer yelled to the suspect, "Drop it a and get down or I'll shoot," and then fired on the suspect, Bowers said.

"The man was going insane," he said.

Another student told NBC News he heard gunfire from his dorm room.

"I heard gunshots from my dorm, probably six or seven," said Stephen Yunker, 18, a freshman who lives two blocks from Watts Hall, where the incident occurred.

He said he and his roommate looked at each other, heard sirens about five seconds later, and then looked out the window.

"We saw fire trucks, couple of cars, and a body laying on the ground," he said.

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As SiteIntel's Rita Katz tweeted earlier in the day, "though no confirmed motive, use of vehicle & knife in OhioState attack is consistent with recent attack instructions issued by ISIS"

She adds that a November 26 ISIS video instructed on knife attacks while ISIS’ Rumiyah mag advised on vehicular attacks 2 weeks prior. Both spread on soc media

However, as of yet she notes, there has been no response from pro-ISIS community online on the OhioState attack.

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Tallest Skil's picture

Oh, hey, guess we get to deport the hundreds of thousands of them destroying Minnesota. Good.

froze25's picture

Nothing to see here besides another "Refugee" that is a member of "The Religion of Peace" doing their part to further the Jihad against the West. The Muslim Brotherhood is the main group in the US that pushes this. They are in all part of the US Federal Gov't now. There are multiple swamps that need massive draining.

Son of Loki's picture

"If Jill Stein had a son...."

froze25's picture

His Testicles would of been removed and he would one of the victims of PizzaGate.

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

Multiculturalism is a bitch, ain't it?

Never One Roach's picture

I wonder if Delta will ban this Somali for life also?

BaBaBouy's picture

Please, this hating spoke, he just poor misguided challenged 20yr old male...

yrad's picture


"Terror Motive Investigated"

Best thing about "Terror" is that you need no "Motive"

BaBaBouy's picture

Trump Tweet-Baiting Setup Possibly???

y3maxx's picture

--He's innocent....Somali didn't really have intent...in fact....award him a Noble Prize for Peace

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Another attack at "Ohio State University" by radical murdering Christian terroris… Oh, muslim from Somali? Never mind.

El Vaquero's picture

Has anybody ever asked the snowflakes WHY multiculturalism is good?  I'd love to hear that answer.


Two cultures that are radically different are going to clash when they meet in big enough numbers.  Import a bunch of third worlders and they'll act like a bunch of third worlders if they live in a monolithic community.  This isn't rocket science. 

Creative_Destruct's picture

Since when did facts matter to multicultural SJWs? Answer - Never. The practical limitations imposed by the effort and energy required to integrate disparate cultures are daunting. Continuously living with and respecting every nuance of diverse cultures has never been done on a sustained basis. Historically, It has only occurs in certain social-political interface zones like trading centers, where individual people of different cultures only mix for brief periods and only a few live there continuously acting as facillitators for commercial exchange.

Diversity and multiculturalism can be a big disadvantage and a disrupter, compared to a monocultural society. 

Bunghole's picture

He was probably triggered by a ham sandwich served at the cafeteria.

Creative_Destruct's picture

Pork: the other "microagressive" meat. Diet microagression triggering... wouldn't be surprised these days.  I'm sure some implied excuse for his vicious spree killing will emerge in the MSM. The pattern here is twisted: demonize "microagressors," excuse cold blooded murderers.

Akzed's picture

He -an African- used an automobile for his attack. Automobiles were invented in Europe. Therefore, he's also guilty of cultural appropriation.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

We must not blame all Muslims for this one isolated incident! Islamaphobia should be our number one concern right now!!!! We have to protect innocent Muslim Americans from violent white nationalists!!!


Bunghole's picture

Citing Rita Katz

WTF Tyler.

She's 100% disinformation and you know that.

Might as well get a tweet from Pam Gellar while you're at it

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Obvious, for Somali Muslim Terrorist, he is victim, and is need #safeplace from percepion of Amerikansky media. He is only tender #snowflake in meltdown. Please be kind!

joe6px's picture

If we can save just one life, it's worth it.  Common sense Muslim control.

Calmyourself's picture

Artifact appropriation; I'd like my electricity, printing, written languages, the wheel, hydrocarbon tech, running water and sewage systems back.  Thanks Africa leave it on my step..  Europeans

El Vaquero's picture

I would also suggest that throwing a bunch of Swedes and a bunch of Germans together in the US is A LOT different than putting a bunch of Somalians in with any European based culture.  Multiculturalism works to some degree when times are good.  How well depends on the various cultures too.  An enclave of Chinese or Japanese people are going to get a long a lot better in the US than an enclave of Central Americans or people from the MENA.  When times are bad, however, cracks will show up in a multicultural society.  The US has seen the end of the age of economic growth, which is a sign that times are worse than they were, and they're probably going to get bad.  We're already seeing the cracks appear, and along more than just ethnic lines.  Rural vs urban is one huge fissure that has appeared, and that is a cultural one.

Creative_Destruct's picture

And "multiculturalism" works when the people from the migrant countries come from similar, although not necessarily cultural traditions, and are willing to assimilate themselves to a new common culture. In this sense, such migration and assimilation is NOT multiculturalism at all; it is cultural assimilation. THAT works. 

tazs's picture

Non-Muslim fires gun = crime
Jew fires gun = self-defense
Muslim fires gun = terrorism

Long live the Republic!


Poundsand's picture

Only the cop fired a gun...  Dude used a car and a knife - at least read about what happened first.

RaceToTheBottom's picture

Wondering why the college?
Just speculating but was there some interaction with the college that triggered Mr Terrorist?
Maybe he could not qualify skillwise for entry?
Maybe they wanted him to pay for schooling rather than handouts? 

Kidbuck's picture

Why a college? Gun free zone. No self defense allowed.

chiquita's picture

He lost a bundle on the Ohio/Mich game

Omen IV's picture

very strange the guy was in position when the fire alarm was pushed and the building emptying out


who was on the other side of the setup / transaction?

JeffB's picture

Some are instigators, picking at wounds, trying to foment and foster hatred. Soros, for instance.

Stanelli's picture

You can't do it in the long run. A simple example: you have two cultures, one of which penalizes polygamy and the other that treats it as a desirable thing to do. Now, which of those cultures' law should be implemented? One of them would have to yield, bend necks and agree to throw their beliefs away. But that's against the whole idea of havving multiple cultures in one society, oh my! Or you can have two parallel legal systems in one society, which of course will not work. Anyway, multiculturalism is not difficult. It's impossible.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Exactly. Its not immigration thats the problem.  Its mass immigration, from one location, all at once, that causes problems.  There is no incentive to integrate.  Look at Chinese in Canada.  There is no incentive to integrate, when one can quite happily one's entire life within the confines of Chinatown.

They don't cause much problems, thats not my point.  The point is that there is no integration.

Son of Loki's picture

I'd be grateful if a bunch of Chinese moved into my area to help dilute the home grown ebt'ers.

SilverRhino's picture

Shit, those communist party ex-officials will strip the EBT system blind and load up on as much welfare as they can get their hands on while running cash businesses and putting million dollar homes in other people's names.  

1777's picture

I think they are all supposed to mix up and then everyone will be EQUAL! Lol...

Mr.BlingBling's picture

Has anybody ever asked the snowflakes WHY multiculturalism is good?  I'd love to hear that answer.

Because "diversity is our strength." 


(yes, it's sarcasm; especially the QED.)

duo's picture

Because SJW's don't and won't understand human nature.

The individual man is too greedy and wants too much for himself and his family for the communist ideal to work correctly. One has to enforce this ideal at the barrel end of a gun.

The individual man is inately programmed to care more for a stranger that looks like him and speaks like him than someone who doesn't. It's how early human bands were able to survive for 10,000 years or more. The only way to make him think otherwise is at the barrel end of a gun.

Stuck on Zero's picture

I've been to East Africa near Somalia.  A meaner, more unfriendly group of people has probably never walked the earth. 

zuuma's picture

if you looked like them and had their (lack of) diet... you'd be mean as a snake, too.

RaceToTheBottom's picture

Just what are they teaching in that, there, newfangled "Logistics Management" at that there college?

Sounds like moving terrorist shit around to me....

I am a Man I am Forty's picture

Why would anyone from Somalia do something like this????????  Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama wouldn't be doing anything over there would he?????








S.N.A.F.U.'s picture

From that article:

American officials said the White House had quietly broadened the president's authority for the use of force in Somalia by allowing airstrikes to protect American and African troops as they combat fighters from the Shabab, a Somali-based militant group that has proclaimed allegiance to Al Qaeda.

So now using a force for which one doesn't have authority is described as "quietly broaden"ing one's authority?  Shouldn't it be called "exceeding one's authority", "illegal", and "yet another impeachable offense"?

Doña K's picture

Butcher knives will now be banned. You need to have clearance to be a cook.

abyssinian's picture

"Must show intend" Weassel Comey

Hopeless for Change's picture

More violence at the hands of Africans...

TheRideNeverEnds's picture

The religion of peace strikes again!

Save_America1st's picture

"A Somali refugee who was a legal permanent resident".  Don't gimme this "legal permanent resident" bullshit!  Living in "sanctuary cities illegally" will never make any of these fuckers legal residents.

These fucking people who are nearly always stone-ager, retard-level Musloids, are all illegal aliens who should never be allowed into the U.S., are never vetted properly, who hate America, and who thus will never be true Americans and who will commit war crimes against America any chance they can get.

TeamDepends's picture

Welcome to Barry's "America"! Thank God only a few more weeks until we can begin to pick up the pieces and rebuild.