The Islamic State Amaq News “agency” has claimed that the mass stabbing at a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota was carried out by a “soldier” of the Islamic State. Read the statement in English above.
Eight people were hurt in the attack with non-life threatening injuries.
St. Cloud Police Chief William Blair Anderson said in a news conference that the armed suspect entered the mall around 8 p.m. and “made some references to Allah, and we have confirmed that he asked at least one person if they were Muslim before he assaulted them.”
The chief said the suspect was wearing a private security uniform and the police had at least three previous contacts with the suspect for mostly minor traffic violations.
The suspect has not yet been named.
You can read the first St. Cloud police news release here:
The attack came the same day that several bombs were found on the East Coast. One explosion in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City injured 29. However, ISIS has not claimed these attacks.
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