ST. CLOUD, Minn — ISIS is claiming responsibility for the recent mass stabbing at a Minnesota mall after calling the attacker a soldier of the Islamic State.
Dahir Adan, 22, was a private security firm employee when authorities said he stabbed nine people at Crossroads Mall in Saint Cloud.
St. Cloud’s Somali community said the man had a good reputation and was on his way to buy the new iPhone 7. He was wearing his security firm uniform when he went on his rampant attack.
President Barack Obama said the FBI is investigating the attack in Minnesota as a potential act of terrorism. At this point, the White House saw no connection between this attacks and the ones in New York and New Jersey.
St. Cloud police said the man asked some of the victims if the were Muslim right before stabbing them.
But one victim, Ryan Schliep, said Adan was completely silent while stabbing him in the head.
“He looked just blank in the eyes like he wasn’t even there,” Schliep said.
An off-duty cop, Jason Falconer, shot and killed Adan as he was threatening shoppers. Thankfully, St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis said all the victims survived.
“The nine victims that were stabbed, I’m happy to report that all nine of those individuals have been released,” the mayor said.
The incident has members of Minnesota’s Somalian community worrying about potential backlash. They said the Muslim community has faced conflict with racism in recent years, and many are worried this will make it worse.
Haji Yussuf said the Somali community strongly condemns Adan’s actions.
“[I hope] they do not use this incident as a way to continue to polarize, divide and spread fear in our communities,” Jaylani Hussein said.
Lu Hersi, a Somali-American mother, puts it best: “Let’s unite Minnesota.”