FBI Says Minnesota Mall Attacker Recently Became Interested in Islam

stabbing-compressedST. CLOUD, Minn. — The FBI released surveillance video on Thursday of last month’s knife attack at Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud, outlining that the assailant who injured 10 and was killed by an off-duty officer had recently become interested in Islam.

“We have numerous credible witness accounts of him asking victims during the attack if they were Muslim, and at least one instance yelling ‘Allahu akbar’ while stabbing one of his victims, and others heard him yelling ‘Islam, Islam’ during the attack,” FBI Special Agent Rick Thornton told reporters during a press conference.

Dahir Adan, 20, was a Somali refugee and had been attending college, but “almost overnight” went from a successful college student to a withdrawn man who was consumed with the Islamic religion, Thornton outlined. He flunked out of school, lost interest in his hobbies and began urging the women in his family to become more devout in their devotion to Islam.

Adan worked part time as a security guard, and on the night of Sept. 17, he told his family that he had “work to do.” But he then texted his employer and advised that he would not be coming to work.

Thornton said that Adan went to the convenience store that night, and when the clerk casually remarked that he would see Adan later, Adan replied, “You won’t be seeing me again.”

According to the Star Tribune, on his way to the mall, Adan struck a cyclist but never stopped to ensure that the person wasn’t hurt. He then ran a red light before pulling into the mall where he used two steak knives to stab innocent shoppers and mall employees.

Off-duty police officer Jason Falconer had been shopping for a gift for his daughter at Bath and Body Works when the attack took place. Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall told reporters on Thursday that Adan asked Falconer if he were Muslim, and he replied, “No.”

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Falconer soon confronted Adan, advising that he was a police officer and repeatedly demanding that Adan drop his weapons.

Falconer shot Adan six times during the incident, which ended in the middle of Macy’s. Surveillance footage shows Adan charging at the officer before ultimately falling on the floor, then trying to crawl forward, knife still in hand. Adan later died from his wounds.

Falconer has been cleared of wrongdoing in Adan’s death and is being considered a hero as Kendall announced that the officer’s intervention was justified.

“You’re looking at an authorized use of deadly force,” Kendall said. “He was faced with an individual in a busy mall armed with two knives, one in each hand, brought to his attention after he was asked if he was Muslim with people running and screaming in fear.”

“The totality of Dahir Adan’s behavior and the actions suggest he may have been radicalized either with the influence of others or on his own,” Thornton told reporters. “[O]ne could reasonably conclude his actions were consistent with the philosophies of violent radical Islamic groups.”

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  • Val Cocora

    why am i not surprised?..

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    People need Christian education. Pagan religions have no concept of equality. Secularism only values money and pleasure and popularity. Christianity alone values everyone’s life unconditionally. What meaning can a man have if money moves everything and if the homeland behaves like Sodom? USA has no hope or honor apart from the Judeo-Christian values. Man needs God’s truth to truly value life.

  • michael louwe

    MATT.5:43 = “U shall love yr neighbor(/friends/family) n hate yr enemy.”
    MATT.5:17 = “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy to destroy but to fulfill.”
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    Jesus Christ came to fulfill the gospel of salvation or the kingdom of heaven, ie gifting heaven to those who believe in Him.(JOHN.3:16 & 14:1-6) Thru faith in Him, Christians r saved from being sent to hell when they die or leave this rotten earth. But while still on earth, Christians r to follow the Law, in order to gain a good, productive n long life on earth, bearing in mind about God exempting new Gentile Christian adults from any law of Moses which is a burden at ACTS.15:24-29, eg circumcision, kosher foods, etc.
    …….IOW, b4 the 1st Advent of JC, God had already given His complete guide on how to live their lives on earth thru Moses Law n the Prophets.(DEUT.28) There was/is no need for His people to consult fortune-tellers, seers, psychics, etc or false prophets.

    Liberal Christians in USA who “love” their enemies by molly-coddling them thru political correctness n false compassion are actually those who practice lawlessness, as described in MATT.7:21-23. Eg of the enemy, Muslim jihadists/terrorists, the LGBTQs, illegal Hispanic immigrants, etc. It is very foolish to be compassionate with an unrepentant murderer or jihadist or rapist or robber or etc.
    …….The liberal Christians do this bc they r vote-panderers hungering for political power n riches, eg Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, etc.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Liberals are Non-Christian.