So­ma­lis re­count racial ten­sions after mall at­tack

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

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.

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