US officials identify Ohio State stabbing attack suspect

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A man plowed his car into a group of pedestrians at Ohio State University and began stabbing people with a butcher knife Monday before he was shot to death by a police officer. Police said they are investigating whether it was a terrorist attack.

Nine people were hurt, one critically.

The attacker was identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a Somali-born legal permanent resident of the U.S., according to a U.S. official wasn’t authorized to discuss details of the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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The FBI and other agencies joined the investigation.

Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone said that the assailant deliberately drove over a curb outside a classroom building, got out of the vehicle and began to cut people in a crowd with a butcher knife. A police officer who was nearby because of a gas leak arrived on the scene and shot the driver in less than a minute.

“A police officer was on the scene within a minute and killed the assailant. “He engaged the suspect and eliminated the threat,” Stone said.

Officials said the attack was clearly deliberate and may have been planned in advance.

“This was done on purpose,” Stone said.

>>Our sister station WCMH first reported this story

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