Ohio State attack echoes Islamic State group’s brutal calls

Students pass Watts Hall when they return to the classroom after an attack of The Ohio State University campus the previous day, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Researchers are looking into whether a car-and-knife attack on the Ohio State University that injured a number of people was an act of terror. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(Associated Press)

NEW YORK – In a chillingly detailed articles in a slick online magazine, the Islamic State extremists urged English readers of this autumn to carry out attacks with knives and vehicles.

By using these methods, the Somali-born student Abdul Razak Ali Artan injured 11 people Monday at the Ohio State University, authorities say.

It is not clear whether Artan ever saw or heard about the magazine’s instructions, but in a Facebook post made before the attack, he said that if the US wanted the Muslims to stop with the run of “lone wolf attacks,” it must be a peace with the Islamic State of the group. The messages were told by a law enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The group has for a few years urged supporters to save, only with the weapons available. But it has staged, the message in the past few weeks in its new propaganda magazine, and a video, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, a US-based monitoring service, which tracks militant postings.

“In the past few months, ISIS media has shown that there is a shift of the focus in the direction of the attack of instructions, the provision of detailed manuals for the conduct of knife attacks, vehicle attacks, and other decisions,” said SITE Intelligence, executive director, Rita Katz. Monday’s attack in Ohio “consists of the recent instructions of ISIS, on which tools should be used for lone-wolf attacks in the West.”

With professional design and graphics and editions in multiple languages, the new magazine, Rumiyah, came in September with a call to kill “non-believers” in Australia, including the Sydney Opera House, according to the SITE Intelligence. It keeps copies of the magazine for the supervision.

Days later, an 18-year-old man told security guards at the opera house, and that he was under the Islamic State, the group of statements to perform an attack, according to police. The teen, who with cans of automotive fluid, was charged with threatening to destroy property.

A few days after that, a 22-year-old was charged with committing a terrorist act after authorities said he stabbed and seriously wounded man, a walk by a park Sydney in an attack inspired by. In both cases, the young men had signs of mental issues, according to their lawyer or the police.

The following numbers of Rumiyah are articles devoted to terrorist tactics. October was a primer on the characteristics of the different knives and where on the body to aim to kill them.

November the topic was the use of vehicles as instruments of terror, with a nod to the truck attack that killed more than 80 people in a holiday crowd in Nice, France, in July. The article explains the characteristics of an attack truck should have and asked the busy streets and outdoor gatherings as well as goals, the call of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade a “good” choice. New York police stepped up security in response to the article and the Nice attack, partly due to the stationing of sand filled dump trucks in the vicinity of the route obstacles.

More information about the knife attack came this weekend in a brutal Islamic State video, which also discussed bombs, according to the SITE Intelligence.

The concept of a terrorist magazine is not new. One of the Boston Marathon bombers, and other terror suspects were found to have copies of al-Qaeda’s online publication, Inspire, is known to have a article called “Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom,” authorities said.

The islamic State itself is a magazine for, but Rumiyah is “shorter, simpler, with less attention to theological discussions, said Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, research director of the George Washington University Programs on Extremism.

While publications may be a factor in the guide of terror, Meleagrou-Hitchens warns, looking towards them as a cause of the attacks.

“It’s usually not as simple as someone just reading the propaganda and act,” he said. “The question is: What makes people search for these things in the first place? And that is a more complicated question to answer.”


Associated Press writer Tami Abdollah in Washington contributed to this report.

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