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IS Calls Ohio State University Attacker its 'Soldier'


Updated: November 30, 2016, 8:04 AM IST
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IS Calls Ohio State University Attacker its 'Soldier'
Crime scene investigators collect evidence from the pavement as police respond to an attack on campus at Ohio State University. (AP)

Washington: Banned militant outfit the Islamic State (IS) said the attacker who injured 11 people on Ohio State University (OSU) campus was a "soldier of the Islamic State", media reports said.

The attacker carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of international coalition countries, the self-fashioned caliphate said in an online message on Tuesday.

The group recently released a video calling on attacks on the West and demonstrated how to kill people with knives, Xinhua news agency reported.

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It is unclear if the group had any ties with the attacker, identified by local police as Abdul Artan, an 18-year-old OSU student who moved to the United States from Somalia.

Artan was shot and killed by police shortly after he drove a car into pedestrians and started attacking people with a butcher knife on Monday.

The IS, which operates mainly in Syria and Iraq, is considered a terrorist group by the US government. It is known to claim responsibilities to violent attacks as a propaganda method to forward its ideology, exert influence, and attract potential followers.

First Published: November 30, 2016, 7:46 AM IST
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