Authorities are investigating the stabbings of nine people at a central Minnesota mall as a potential act of terrorism – a finding that would be the realization of long-held fears of a domestic attack there.
The state is home to the nation’s largest Somali community, which has been a target for terror recruiters in recent years. The possibility of an attack on U.S. soil has been a major concern for law enforcement.
The motive for Saturday’s attack at a St. Cloud mall is still unclear, but FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Rick Thornton said Sunday the stabbings were being investigated as a ”potential act of terrorism.”
The Islamic State also claimed responsibility, though it wasn’t immediately clear if the extremist group had planned the attack or even knew about it beforehand.