What we know about the Minnesota mall stabber
He was 22-year-old Dahir Adan.
Ahmed Adan identified his son as the man who walked into the Crossroads Center Mall, dressed as a private security guard, and proceeded to attack 9 people with a kitchen knife. Dahir Adan was said to have shouted out references to Allah during the attack, and asked at least one of his victims if he was a Muslim before stabbing them.
Adan was eventually shot dead by an off-duty police officer, and none of his victims suffered life-threatening wounds.
Adan comes from a Somali family, and his father told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that his son was born in Kenya before they moved to America 15 years ago. Adan’s family members said that he was a student at St. Cloud State University (though he hasn’t been enrolled since this spring), and his father said he had “no suspicion” of his son’s involvement with terrorism…
Authorities state that Adan’s precise motivations are not yet clear, though ISIS-linked media channels have praised his actions and called him a “soldier of the Islamic State.”