Somalis in Minnesota bracing for backlash
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.