Trump: OSU attack suspect ‘should not have been in our country’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — President-elect Donald Trump tweeted about the Ohio State University attack suspect Wednesday morning, saying he “should not have been in our country.”

CNN reports that the suspect, OSU student Abdul Razak Ali Artan, left his native Somalia with his family in 2007. They arrived in the United States from Pakistan in 2014 as legal permanent residents and green card holders.

Artan had just transferred to OSU from Columbus State this semester.

Two law enforcement sources previously said they believe Artan’s attack was inspired by terrorist propoganda from ISIS and deceased Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

The sources point to Artan’s Facebook posts before his short-lived rampage on the Columbus campus. The posts referenced Awlaki, who was a leader of al Qaeda in Yemen.

Sources also note the style of the attack was encouraged by ISIS in a recent online magazine.

CNN reports that despite claims from the Islamic State’s purported media wing that Artan was an ISIS soldier, there is no indication so far that Artan communicated with any terror group; evidence points to a lone wolf attack.

Investigators are inspecting his computer and cell phone and talking to family and associates, as they try to determine what led him to act.


He bought knives on the day of the attack, a law enforcement official said.

Artan then rammed his car into a group of people on the Columbus campus and then got out and charged at passersby with a knife. Ohio State University Police Officer Alan Horujko shot Artan after he failed to obey orders to stop, killing him and stopping the attack.

Of the 11 people injured three remain hospitalized, Dr. Andrew Thomas said at a news conference Tuesday. Thomas is chief medical officer of the OSU Wexner Medical Center.

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