So­ma­lis in Min­nesota brac­ing for back­lash

Baltimore Sun - - NATION -

ST. CLOUD, MINN. — Lead­ers of Min­nesota’s large So­mali com­mu­nity ac­knowl­edged the prospect of a “long win­ter” for their peo­ple in the wake of the week­end’s mall stab­bings by a young So­mali man but cau­tioned Mon­day not to quickly ac­cept the ter­ror­ism con­nec­tion.

Au­thor­i­ties are treat­ing Satur­day’s stab­bings, which wounded 10 peo­ple at Cross­roads Cen­ter mall, as a pos­si­ble act of ter­ror­ism, in part be­cause an Is­lamic State-run news agency claimed that the at­tacker was a “sol­dier of the Is­lamic State” who had heeded the group’s calls for at­tacks in coun­tries that are part of a U.S.-led anti-Is­lamic State coali­tion.

But it wasn’t im­me­di­ately known whether the ex­trem­ist group had planned the at­tack or knew about it be­fore­hand. St. Cloud po­lice Chief Blair An­der­son said that the at­tack ap­peared to be the work of a sin­gle in­di­vid­ual and that there was no sign the at­tacker, iden­ti­fied by his fa­ther as 22-year-old Dahir Adan, was rad­i­cal­ized or com­mu­ni­cated with any ter­ror­ist group.

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