FBI: mall at­tacker newly in­ter­ested in Is­lam

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

The man who stabbed 10 peo­ple at a Min­nesota mall had be­come in­ter­ested in Is­lam in the last several months, with­drew from his friends and en­cour­aged fe­male rel­a­tives to be more reli­gious, the FBI said Thurs­day.

“We were told (he) had not pre­vi­ously shown an in­ter­est in re­li­gion,” but af­ter 20-year-old Dahir Ahmed Adan did, he went from be­ing a high aca­demic per­former to fail­ing out of col­lege “al­most overnight,” FBI Spe­cial Agent Rick Thorn­ton said at a news con­fer­ence.

The at­tor­ney for Adan’s fam­ily, Ab­dul­wahid Os­man, said his par­ents and close fam­ily mem­bers did not see the be­hav­ioral changes that in­ves­ti­ga­tors de­scribed. “They be­lieved he was do­ing as good as he used to do,” Os­man said.

Wit­nesses told the FBI that Adan, who was armed with two steak knives and later shot and killed, ref­er­enced Is­lam dur­ing the Sept. 17 at­tack at Cross­roads Cen­ter mall.

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