Nine people were injured amid a knife attack at a Minnesota mall in a likely terrorist attack. A news agency linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group claimed that the attacker was “a soldier of the Islamic State.”
During the attack, the suspect asked people if they were Muslim and would stab them if they replied no. The suspect was eventually shot dead by an off-duty police officer — with a concealed carry permit — at the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
“We have confirmed that he asked at least one person if they were Muslim before he assaulted them,” St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson told reporters, adding that the suspect “made some references to Allah.”
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None of the nine people wounded suffered life-threatening injuries, and all but three had been released from the hospital by Sunday afternoon, St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis said. Authorities initially said eight people had been injured in the attack, but an additional person later went to the hospital.
Among the injured were a 15-year-old girl, a 50-year-old woman and seven men ages 20 to 53, Kleis said.
The off-duty police officer who shot the alleged attacker was identified as Jason Falconer, a part-time officer with the Avon Police Department and former police chief of Albany, Minn.
“He clearly prevented additional injuries and potentially loss of life,” Kleis said Sunday. “His heroic actions are exemplary.”