Eight in­jured in US mall stab­bing spree

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A MAN mak­ing “some ref­er­ences to Al­lah” stabbed and in­jured eight peo­ple in a shop­ping mall in the US state of Min­nesota be­fore be­ing shot dead by an off-duty of­fi­cer, po­lice said.

“The sus­pect asked at least one per­son if they were Mus­lim be­fore he as­saulted them,” siad Blair An­der­son, the po­lice chief in the city of St Cloud where the at­tack took place.

But he em­pha­sised that the as­sailant’s mo­ti­va­tion re­mained un­clear and said “whether that was a ter­ror­ist at­tack or not, I can’t say right now be­cause we just don’t know”.

Mr An­der­son said the armed sus­pect en­tered the Cross­roads Cen­tre mall in St Cloud – a city of about 67,000 peo­ple some 70 miles (110 kilo­me­tres) north­west of Minneapolis – and at­tacked at least eight peo­ple.

The lone sus­pect was wear­ing a pri­vate se­cu­rity uni­form and had at least one knife, and “made some ref­er­ences to Al­lah”, the po­lice chief said.

“That sus­pect was con­fronted by an off-duty po­lice of­fi­cer and sum­mar­ily shot and killed,” he said.

Mr An­der­son said the eight peo­ple in­jured were taken to a hospi­tal, where one is ex­pected to re­main.

The sus­pect had a his­tory of mi­nor traf­fic vi­o­la­tions, Mr An­der­son said, adding that po­lice do not cur­rently have rea­son to be­lieve the at­tack was con­nected to any other in­ci­dent.

The St Cloud mall was put on lock­down in the af­ter­math of the at­tack. The fa­cil­ity will re­main closed as po­lice con­tinue their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“It’s an aw­ful day,” Mr An­der­son said. “Start­ing to­mor­row things won’t be the same here.” –

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