ISIS has taken credit for a stabbing attack at a Minnesota mall that left eight people injured on Saturday night. The terror group released a statement Sunday calling the Muslim attacker a “soldier of the Islamic State” via its propaganda channel, Amaq news agency.
ISIS has just claimed credit for the stabbing of 8 people at a Minnesota mall. Silence regarding NY explosions: pic.twitter.com/brGRbtEu5P— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) September 18, 2016
The attack occurred at Crossroads shopping mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, a soft target in a relatively unassuming region.
According to police reports, the attacker was wearing the uniform of a private security officer during his stabbing rampage. St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson said, "At approximately 8 p.m., an armed suspect entered the Crossroads Mall. That individual made some references to Allah and we confirmed that he asked at least one person if they were Muslim before assaulting them."
Witnesses said the man entered Crossroads Mall on Saturday night, made a reference to Allah and asked at least one person if they were Muslims before he attacked, police said in a statement.
An off-duty police officer ultimately shot the terrorist dead.
All eight victims are expected to live. One of the victims remains hospitalized while the other seven were treated by a local hospital and subsequently released. St. Cloud mayor Dave Kleis said the victims were a 22-year-old male from Big Lake, 24-year-old male from Willmar, 53-year-old male from Albany, 45-year-old male from St. Cloud, 20-year-old male from St. Cloud, 15-year-old female from Big Lake, 50-year-old woman from Kimball, 29-year-old male from St. Cloud, 31-year-old male from Avon, according to Fox 9.