Ohio State attacker was of Somali descent: Report

According to reports, the alleged convict was an 18-year-old Somali refugee who was a legal permanent resident of US.

By: AFP | Columbus | Published:November 29, 2016 3:30 am
Police cover the body of a suspect outside Watts Hall on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, following an attack on campus that left several people injured on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. The man, identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, plowed his car into a group of pedestrians and began stabbing people with a butcher knife Monday before he was shot to death by a police officer.  (Adam Cairns/The Columbus Dispatch via AP) Police cover the body of a suspect outside Watts Hall on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, following an attack on campus that left several people injured on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. (Adam Cairns/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

The assailant who car-rammed and stabbed pedestrians at Ohio State University today, injuring nine before he was shot dead by police, was a young man of Somali descent, US media reported. CBS News quoted a federal law enforcement official as saying the suspect “has been tentatively identified as a young man of Somali descent,” aged around 20.

Law enforcement officials quoted by NBC News said he was an 18-year-old student at Ohio State, a Somali refugee who was a legal permanent resident of the United States.