Terrorism Task Force to take over mall stabbing case

MINNEAPOLIS - The investigation into the St. Cloud mall stabbing, which injured 10 people and forced a lockdown of the area, is now being turned over to the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force. 

The announcement was made on Tuesday by FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard T. Thornton and the St. Cloud Police Chief William Blair Anderson. 

Authorities have been hesitant to call the Sept. 17 incident an act of terrorism, only saying it's possible. The suspect, identified as 20-year-old Dahir Adan, was dressed in a security uniform when he stabbed 10 people through the Crossroads mall, allegedly asking some if they were Muslim beforehand. 

The investigation has been turned over to a federal investigation for "a thorough evaluation of the facts and motivation behind the incident," according to a press release. 

The St. Cloud Police Department will remain involved in the case, but only to assist the Task Force's evaluation. 

 


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