Somali Father IDs Son As Minnesota Mall Attacker

WASHINGTON (AP) – The father of the man who stabbed nine people at a central Minnesota mall has identified him as a 22-year-old college student.

Ahmed Adan told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis that police told him Saturday night that his son, Dahir A. Adan, died at Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud.

He says police didn’t mention the attack on the mall, but they seized photos and other materials from the family’s apartment.

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Authorities haven’t publicly identified the attacker. They say the attacker stabbed nine people Saturday night before an off-duty police officer shot and killed him. None of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries.

Ahmed Adan, who is Somali, says his son came to the U.S. 15 years ago and was a college student. He told the Star Tribune he had “no suspicion” that his son might have been involved in terrorist activity.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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