WASHINGTON (AP) – The father of the man who stabbed nine people at a central Minnesota mall has identified him as a 22-year-old college student.
Ahmed Adan told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis that police told him Saturday night that his son, Dahir A. Adan, died at Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud.
He says police didn’t mention the attack on the mall, but they seized photos and other materials from the family’s apartment.
Authorities haven’t publicly identified the attacker. They say the attacker stabbed nine people Saturday night before an off-duty police officer shot and killed him. None of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries.
Ahmed Adan, who is Somali, says his son came to the U.S. 15 years ago and was was a student at St. Cloud Technical and Community College. He told the Star Tribune he had “no suspicion” that his son might have been involved in terrorist activity.
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
(CNN)- [Breaking news update at 12:18 p.m. ET]
ISIS’ media wing claimed the person who stabbed eight people at a Minnesota mall was a “soldier of the Islamic State,” according to a statement posted online Sunday.
The statement by the Amaq agency follows a pattern of ISIS-related media claiming responsibility for what appear to be the acts of individuals across Europe in the past few months.
CNN cannot independently confirm this latest claim.
ST. CLOUD, Mn. (WHTM)- At least eight people were injured after a stabbing attack in a Minnesota mall.
The St. Cloud police chief said an off-duty officer shot and killed the suspect, who was armed with a knife and wearing a private security firm uniform.
Officers say the suspect made at least one reference to Allah during the attack and asked at least one person whether they were Muslim.