US: Ohio attacker had ‘no direct links’ to terror groups

The Somali student who plowed his car into a crowd and slashed several people with a knife in Ohio had no ties to terror groups, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday.

Although Abdul Razak Ali Artan professed support for radical Islamists on his Facebook page and an Islamic State-linked news agency claimed he was an IS “soldier,” Johnson said the probe had not thus far revealed any direct communications between Artan and such groups.

“At this point we see no direct links to any terrorist organisation,” Johnson said.

“The indications are right now that this was an act of someone who was self-radicalised.”

On Monday, the Somali immigrant, a new Ohio State University student, injured 11 people before he was shot dead by a university security officer.

Officials have not declared the attack a terror attack, but the IS-linked news agency Amaq yesterday said the rampage was inspired by IS calls to action.

“He carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of international coalition countries,” Amaq quoted an insider source as saying, according to a translation by the SITE group that monitors extremists.

A Facebook page believed to belong to Artan — and since taken offline — included grievances against the United States.