ISIS claims responsibility for Minnesota mall stabbing
An ISIS-linked news agency claimed responsibility for the Sept. 18 stabbing attacks at the Crossroads Center Mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota. A local man, Dahir Ahmed Adan, has been identified as the man who allegedly stabbed and injured 10 people before being shot dead by an off-duty police officer named Jason Falconer.
— ABC News (@ABC) September 20, 2016
Falconer was praised for his actions and even got a phone call from the president.
"I talked to off-duty police officer there, who undoubtedly saved a lot of lives and prevented additional injury. I told him that once again the American people were appreciative of his work and his heroism."
He was a part-time police officer and worked at Tactical Advantage, a firearms shop. He had gone to the mall to buy his son a present and shot Adan to stop the threat.
After that, the attention quickly shifted back to Adan, a Somali migrant.
— Jose (@JoeTheMailman) September 19, 2016
A community leader said he had gone to the mall to buy an iPhone 7 and worked as a private security firm employee. The community also finds it hard to believe that he had any ISIS affiliations.
"The idea that people like ISIS will claim this responsibility for us is ridiculous."
The FBI is investigating the incident after the ISIS claim.
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