Last updated: 12:16 PM ET, Mon September 19 2016

Police Identify Minnesota Stabbing Suspect, ISIS Takes Credit for Attack

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | September 19, 2016

Police Identify Minnesota Stabbing Suspect, ISIS Takes Credit for Attack

PHOTO: St. Cloud Mall in Minnesota (Photo via @ABCNews)

Police have announced that they had identified the man behind the stabbings at a Minnesota mall Saturday as 22-year-old Dahir A. Adan and are now investigating the potential connection to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

According to The Associated Press, the Islamic State’s media wing, the Amaq News Agency, released a similar statement in response to the Minnesota mall attack, stating that ISIS is taking credit for the attack. Amaq also announced the Islamic State's role in several other attacks recently, including the San Bernardino shootings and recent terrorist events in Europe.

The larger concern for investigators is the possibility that the Islamic State’s link to Minnesota is growing. The stabbings at the St. Cloud mall are being investigated as a potential act of terrorism, and witnesses claim the assailant was saying things to victims that would indicate a religious motive behind the attacks.

Currently home to the largest ongoing terrorism recruitment investigation in the United States, Minnesota has seen 11 Somali-Minnesotans charged with attempting to leave the country in order to join the Islamic State in Syria.

Officials in Minnesota have been focused on residents trying to leave the country to join ISIS, but the terrorist organization is expanding its ideals, having possible militants stay home and carry out attacks where they can. The group has also lowered its expectations for a successful attack, which they say now includes using a knife, machete or even car attacks.

FBI Director James Comey said in June that the number of Americans seeking to join ISIS has dropped from 10 per month in mid-2015 to just two cases in 2016 thus far. There are still an estimated 1,000 ISIS-related investigations ongoing, though.


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