Islamic State Claims Ohio State Attack: Abdul Razak Ali Artan Was a ‘Soldier’

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Monday car and knife attack on Ohio State University, describing 18-year-old Somali-born terrorist Abdul Razak Ali Artan as one of its “soldiers.”

The Islamic State’s al-Amaq news agency issued a statement making the claim. Vocativ notes that ISIS often makes dubious claims of responsibility for terrorist attacks, but also points out that official Islamic State media released a video encouraging “lone wolf” terror attacks on Saturday, specifically recommending knives instead.

In that video, a French-speaking jihadi advises to not “spare women, children and the elderly” and consider “a simple weapon, like a pocket commando knife.” The video also instructs viewers on how to stab to maximize the deadliness of the attack. full story

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