Somalis recount racial tensions after mall attack
Somalis in a central Minnesota city are trying to square the bright, family-minded young man who went to the mall to buy the new iPhone with the emotionless man who stabbed 10 people and in death is the subject of a terrorism investigation.
The aftermath of Saturday’s attack at Crossroads Center Mall in St. Cloud also is testing long-standing efforts to improve strained relations between thousands of Somalis and other residents in the city. Several Somalis said they saw pickups driving through predominantly Somali neighborhoods the night after the attack, waving Confederate flags and honking. It’s still unclear what led 20-year-old Dahir Adan to stab with what appeared to be a kitchen knife before he was confronted and killed by an off-duty police officer. Investigators are trying to determine whether an Islamic Staterun news agency’s claim that the attacker was a “soldier of the Islamic State” is true.