Thankfully no one had life threatening injuries and only one remains in the hospital. And guess what the attacker was…it’s not really a big shocker.
The Latest on the stabbing of eight people at a central Minnesota shopping mall (all times local):
St. Cloud’s police chief, Blair Anderson, earlier said that of the eight people who were stabbed in Saturday night’s attack, only one remained hospitalized.
The FBI says it is assisting local police in the investigation into a man who stabbed and wounded eight people at a Minnesota mall.
Like the police, Minnesota FBI spokesman Kyle Loven declined to say Sunday if investigators believe Saturday night’s attack at the Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud was a terrorist act.
Authorities say a man dressed as a security guard stabbed eight people and reportedly mentioned Allah and asked a victim if they were Muslim before attacking them. An off-duty police officer shot and killed him.
The Islamic State group has claimed the attacker was one of its own, though it’s unclear if the group planned or even knew of the attack ahead of time.
An Islamic State-run news agency claims the man who stabbed and wounded eight people at a mall in Minnesota before being shot dead by an off-duty police officer was a “soldier of the Islamic State.”
The IS-run Rasd news agency reported the claim on Sunday, saying the attacker had heeded calls from the extremist group for attacks in countries that are part of a U.S.-led anti-IS coalition.
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.
Police knew attacker
While the attacker was not identified, authorities said he’d had three previous encounters with police.
Anderson said most of the encounters were for minor traffic violations. None resulted in an arrest.
Anderson declined to provide further details or say whether the attacker was a resident of St. Cloud. He said he is not ready to describe the stabbings as a terrorist attack until details such as a motive are established.
“What we know is it is a lone suspect who attacked at least eight people … whether that was a terrorist attack or not, I’m not willing to say that right now because we just don’t know,” Anderson said.