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Ohio uni attack claimed by IS

AAP logoAAP 29/11/2016 Mark Hosenball and Kim Palmer

The attacker who drove into pedestrians at Ohio State University in the United States and stabbed others with a butcher knife "is a soldier" of Islamic State, the group says via its news agency, AMAQ.

The attacker, a Somali immigrant student at Ohio State University, injured 11 people before he was shot dead by a police officer.

The claim comes as US officials questioned whether Abdul Razak Ali Artan may have followed the same path to self-radicalisation as militants in a number of "lone wolf" attacks.

Police have given no motive for the attack.

So far, investigators have found no strong evidence linking Artan to other known militant individuals, cells or groups, said two federal law enforcement officials who declined to be named because the probe is ongoing.

Artan's actions fit the pattern of so-called "lone wolf" militants who carried out attacks in the United States, such as the gunman who shot to death 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in June, and the man who killed four US Marines and a Navy sailor in a shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, last year, the officials said.

The gunman in those two attacks were Muslim, as was Artan, and were killed by police.

Investigators were looking into a message believed to have been posted on Facebook by Artan that contained inflammatory statements about being "sick and tired" of seeing Muslims killed and reaching a "boiling point", a law enforcement source said.

Investigators believe Artan may have lived for as long as seven years in Pakistan, said the federal official. Somali refugees often spend some time in Pakistan before coming to the United States, another official said.

Even as they probed the Ohio State University rampage as a possible lone wolf attack, investigators were trying to assemble a full picture of Artan's associates and recent activities, according to federal officials.

None of the victims have life-threatening injuries, officials said. Seven people have been released.

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