The Islamic State has long threatened to infiltrate the refugee stream. Also, following severe losses of its mujahideen in Mosul, the Islamic State vowed to take their war abroad. As Jihad Watch reported earlier:
the Islamic State boasted it would soon flood Europe with as many as 500,000 refugees. And the Lebanese Education Minister said in September 2015 that there were 20,000 jihadis among the refugees in camps in his country. Meanwhile, 80% of migrants who have come to Europe claiming to be fleeing the war in Syria aren’t really from Syria at all.
The style of Ohio State University attack is being declared a possible Islamic State attack. The Daily Mail stated:
Though police are yet to speculate on a motive or rule out secondary armed suspects who may have aided the assault, the morning rampage has chilling echoes of ISIS-inspired terror attacks across Europe and the U.S. using a lethal combination of cars and knives, rather than relying on guns.
Even the leftist Washington Post has said:
The Islamic State and al-Qaeda have encouraged followers to carry out knife attacks, and the Islamic State also has urged its supporters to use cars as weapons.
“Armed attacker shot dead by cops after mowing down students with a car and stabbing them with a knife at Ohio State University leaving at least nine people injured”, by Ashley Collman, Daily Mail, November 28, 2016:
An Ohio State University police officer shot a knife-wielding man dead after the assailant went on a rampage at the school Monday morning, injuring at least nine people.
At an afternoon press conference, officials said there appeared to be only one attacker, who wielded a knife and a car during the attack – countering earlier reports of a shooting involving possibly multiple assailants.
The chaos started just before 10am, when a fire alarm was pulled at Watts Hall, home to the chemical engineering department. As people were evacuating the building, a man driving a silver car jumped the curb and mowed down the crowds of innocent bystanders.
The attacker then got out of the car and started slashing victims with a butcher knife. A witness told CNN that the knife-wielding man remained silent throughout the attack but had a ‘crazed’ look on his face. An OSU police officer was on the scene within a minute and shot the attacker dead.
After the incident at Watts Hall, police investigated rumors of a possible second assailant holed up in a nearby parking garage. SWAT teams stormed the building just before 11am and minutes later two men were led out in handcuffs. However, officials now say that they did not find any additional suspects in the garage. The incident remains under investigation.
Just after 11:30am, the university lifted the shelter in place, but cancelled classes for the rest of the day.
So far, at least nine people have been transported to the hospital. One is in critical condition and the rest are in stable condition. Five of the victims were transported to OSU’s Wexner Medical Center, while two were taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center and another two to OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital.
Two of the patients at OSU were being treated for stab wounds and two for wounds due to being hit by the car. As of 1pm, the fifth victim had just been admitted to the hospital, after sheltering in place during the lockdown. That victim’s injuries were still being evaluated.
The patients taken to Grant were being treated for non-life-threatening lacerations from knife wounds while the patients taken to Riverside were being treated for motor vehicle injuries and are reportedly doing well.
Students were instructed to ‘run, hide and fight’ in a tweet posted by the school’s office of emergency management just before 10am.
‘Run, hide, fight’ is standard protocol for active shooter situations. It means: Run, evacuate if possible; Hide, get silently out of view; or Fight, as a last resort, take action to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter if your life is in imminent danger.
A high-ranking faculty member who spoke to NBC 4 Columbus said that one of his colleagues was in Watts Hall at the time and was slashed in the leg with a machete.
Another student told the station that his girlfriend was in the building when she heard gunshots and sought shelter in a bathroom. It now appears that those gunshots may have been the responding officer’s.
OSU sophomore Wyatt Crosher, 19, was across the street when he says he heard gunshots Monday morning.
He told CNN: ‘My roommate and I heard about three or four gunshots from across the street, and soon after we heard a bunch of police and ambulances pull up across the street.’
He added: ‘We can’t see the building where the shooting happened because of a dorm blocking our view. It truly sounded like gunshots, and really soon after we heard a bunch of sirens. We can see the police cars from our dorm.’
Ohio State University is a public university located in Columbus, Ohio. More than 58,000 students study at the school’s main campus in Columbus and it is the state’s largest employer.
Monday marked the first day back from classes since Thanksgiving break…..
Facebook initiated a feature on Monday, allowing students and locals to mark themselves ‘safe’ on the website, to inform worried friends and relatives.
WAS OHIO-ATTACK INSPIRED BY ISIS?
Ohio-State University appears to have been attacked by a sole suspect armed only with his car and a knife. Though police are yet to speculate on a motive or rule out secondary armed suspects who may have aided the assault, the morning rampage has chilling echoes of ISIS-inspired terror attacks across Europe and the U.S. using a lethal combination of cars and knives, rather than relying on guns.
Last November Faisal Mohammad, 18, stabbed four people at the University of California, Merced, before being shot dead by cops. He was carrying an ISIS flag in his backpack
ISIS terrorist Monamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel used just his truck to kill 84 in Nice by plowing into Bastille Day crowds earlier this year
Wasil Farooqui allegedly tried to behead a man in Roanoke, Virginia, and then stabbed a woman, shouting Allah Akbar. He had previously tried to travel to Syria ‘for terror training’, according to the FBI. He appeared in court on November 21 and waived a preliminary hearing
In September, Dahir Adan, 22, slashed nine shoppers at the Crossroads Mall in St Cloud Minnesota. He was shot dead by an off-duty cop and according to witnesses demanded to know his victim’s faith before attacking them
In August ISIS claimed responsibility for a machete attack in two female officers while five were injured in a knife and ax attack on a German train weeks before – he was also shot dead and had an ISIS flag in his home
In its Rumiyah magazine – published in English – ISIS-inspired terrorists were used to use knives in their attacks.
‘One need not be a military expert or a martial arts master, or even own a gun or rifle in order to carry out a massacre or to kill and injure several disbelievers and terrorize an entire nation. Many people are often squeamish of the thought of plunging a sharp object into another person’s flesh. It is a discomfort caused by the untamed, inherent dislike for pain and death, especially after ‘modernization’ distanced males from partaking in the slaughtering of livestock for food and the striking of the enemy in war. However, any such squirms and discomforts are never an excuse for abandoning jihad.’
Back in 2014 ISIS figurehead Abu Mohammed al-Adnani urged western sympathizers to carry out attacks using their cars.
‘If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way, however it may be. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him’.