ISIS Says That One Of Theirs Is Responsible For The Stabbings In A Minnesota Mall
Responsibility for a stabbing attack at a St. Cloud, Minnesota mall has been claimed by ISIS.
According to France 24, the man who stabbed eight people at just after 8 pm at the Crossroads Mall is being called a “soldier of the Islamic State” by the Amaq news agency, which is run by the organization.
So far, the identity of the attacker who was killed by an off-duty police officer has not been revealed. Police are saying that they have had three previous encounters with the suspect but those were for minor traffic violations as the SC Times states.
WCCO-Minneapolis reports that the suspect was wearing a private security uniform and made at least one reference to Allah and asked a victim if they were Muslim. Stabbing sites were all over the mall making the entire building a crime scene.
Police have not called the incident an act of terrorism yet, but the FBI “is actively involved” with the St. Cloud police department according to the Pioneer Press.
St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson gave a press conference during the night as witnesses were still being interviewed and the mall was still under lock down.
“This obviously could have been a lot worse but for the response from not only the St. Cloud Police Department, but also surrounding agencies…We will be diligent and get to the bottom of this. Starting tomorrow, things won’t be the same here.”
US Rep Tom Emmer, whose district includes St. Cloud released a statement about the stabbing incident.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this attack and we hope for their speedy recovery. The citizen who stopped this evil man and ended his attack is a hero and has the gratitude and admiration of us all.”