FBI investigating St. Cloud attack as possible act of terrorism

Dahir Adan
Dahir Adan

On the knife attack at the St. Cloud mall, Amy Forliti and Jeff Baenen of the AP say, “At a news conference Sunday, FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Rick Thornton said the attack was being investigated as a possible act of terrorism and that agents were still digging into the attacker’s background and possible motives. Authorities were looking at social media accounts and the attacker’s electronic devices and talking to his associates, Thornton said. An Islamic State-run news agency, Rasd, claimed Sunday that the attacker was a ‘soldier of the Islamic State’ who had heeded the group’s calls for attacks in countries that are part of a U.S.-led anti-IS coalition.”

For CNN, Chandrika Narayan and Steve Visser say, “The statement posted online Sunday 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. … Speaking at Sunday’s news conference, Mohamoud Mohamed, a spokesman for the Central Minnesota Islamic Center in St. Cloud, emphasized that the central Minnesota Muslim community has no relationship with ISIS or any other ‘Islamic terrorist group.’”

For the conservative Daily Caller, “foreign correspondent” Jacob Bojesson says, “The suspect who stabbed eight people at a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota has been identified as Dahir Adan, 22, a Somali college student who immigrated to the U.S. at a young age. Leaders of the Somali-American community in St. Cloud describe Adan as a smart and accomplished junior at St. Cloud State University who didn’t have a history of violence. … Minnesota is home to the largest terrorism recruitment investigation in America.”

In the Los Angeles Times Vera Haller, Brian Bennett and Del Quentin Wilber say, “Three separate incidents of violence that took place on the same day in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota were being investigated Sunday as potential terror attacks. Investigators have not found any link between the three. … About half an hour after the explosion in New York on Saturday,  a man wearing a private security uniform stabbed nine people at a mall in St. Cloud, Minn., authorities said.”

For the Strib, Pat Pheifer reports, “St. Cloud has dealt with tensions between Muslims and some non-Muslims for the past seven years …Whether those incidents motivated a 22-year-old Somali man who stabbed nine people at the Crossroads Center on Saturday evening isn’t known and may never be known.”

In the latest poll The Donald has creeped closer in Minnesota, Stribber Allison Sherry writes. “Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a narrowing lead over Republican Donald Trump among likely voters in the state, according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll. Clinton leads Trump 44 percent to 38 percent in a poll of 625 registered Minnesota voters taken last week.” It seems rural Minnesota really wants to be made great … again.

At least make us work for this stuff. Says Paul Walsh in the Strib, “A trucker hauling cases of wine was spotted weaving along a western Wisconsin interstate before crashing, being pulled from the truck cab and fleeing into a nearby farm field, where he was captured, authorities said.” 

Louie wins an Emmy. Stribber Neal Justin says, “For decades, it appeared that the peak of Louie Anderson’s career would be cracking up Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show.” That’s all changed. The Minnesota native beat the odds Sunday night by opening the 68th annual Emmy Awards with a win for best supporting actor in a comedy, the capper on Hollywood’s biggest comeback of the year.”

The deluge will continue. Ron Trenda for MPR says, “A stalled front could lead to some periods of heavy rain late Tuesday night and Wednesday over parts of southern Minnesota. Some spots could see three inches of rain.”

NBC Sunday Night Football’s Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and our own Michelle Tafoya were in town for the Vikings game — and to show the world that we are now, at long last, major league. But Deadspin was already here. Alex Pareene writes, “Deadspin would also like to celebrate the Vikings, and congratulate them on successfully getting a half-billion dollars in public subsidies, so last year we bought a “Legacy Brick,” one of thousands of personalized commemorative markers purchased by fans and placed in a plaza just outside the stadium. The Deadspin brick has been installed. … Now, like in your “augmented reality” Pokemon apps, it is up to you to go out into the real world and find it..”

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