FBI: mall attacker newly interested in Islam
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.