Columbus Police, FBI say OSU attacker ‘may have’ been inspired by ISIS

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Columbus Division of Police and the FBI said Wednesday there is no direct link between student Abdul Artan and ISIS after an attack Monday that injured 11 people.

On Tuesday, ISIS took credit for the attack, but U.S. Intelligence Officials told NBC News that 18-year-old Artan had made no known contact with the group. The FBI said Tuesday that Artan “may have” been inspired by ISIS and former terror leader Anwar al-Awlaki.

They say they are unaware of anyone else who may have been involved in planning Monday’s attack on the Ohio State campus. Artan reportedly bought a knife at a local Walmart on Monday morning before going to campus. Officials are asking anyone with information on where Artan was before the attack to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Columbus police are working with federal, state and local law enforcement officials to investigate all aspects of the attacks, including the motive and a comprehensive background of the suspect.

President-elect Donald Trump weighed in on the Artan investigation with a tweet Wednesday morning.

“ISIS is taking credit for the terrible stabbing attack at Ohio State University by a Somali refugee who should not have been in our country,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter.

The FBI tells NBC4 it’s too early in the investigation to know how much influence, if any, ISIS had on Artan’s decision to attack students and faculty at the school, sending 11 to the hospital. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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