Incident Summary:

11/28/2016: An assailant rammed his vehicle into a group of students and stabbed bystanders at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, United States. At least 11 people were injured before a nearby police officer shot and killed the assailant. The assailant, identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, wrote on his Facebook page prior to the attack, "If you want us Muslims to stop carrying lone wolf attacks, then make peace with the Islamic State group." The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) also claimed responsibility for the incident; however, Artan's connection to ISIL could not be confirmed.



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North America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Ohio State University
Specific Description Students
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
A knife and a vehicle were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 11 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 11
Number of U.S. Injured 11
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Ohio State University attack: Suspect dead and nine injured," BBC, November 28, 2016.
"ISIS says Ohio State attacker was its 'soldier'," Providence Journal, November 29, 2016.
"Ohio State attack: Terrorism eyed as police seek more info," Mail Online UK, November 29, 2016.