In a Wednesday press conference, the Federal Bureau of Investigations announced that their initial investigation turned up evidence that Ohio State University attacker Abdul Razak Ali Artan may have been inspired by radical Islamist terrorist groups Islamic State and al-Qaeda.
“It appears that Artan may have at least been inspired by Anwar al-Awlaki and the Islamic State and we will continue to pursue this as part of this investigation,” announced Special Agent Angela Byers. Al-Awlaki was a radical cleric and al-Qaeda official killed by the United States in 2011.
Byers said that the initial investigation turned up no evidence that Artan had any outside help. She also cautioned that it was still “too soon” to label the knife and car attack an act of terrorism.
Authorities had previously indicated that Artan had ranted about the treatment of Muslims on social media before he went on his spree, which sent 11 people to the hospital.
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