Dahir Ahmed Adan, 20, som såret ti mennesker under knivangrep i Minnesota 17. september, var blitt radikalisert på kort tid, opplyser FBI.
Authorities believe Adan had been radicalized recently. They said he had flunked out of school and lost interest in his typical hobbies before turning more deeply to Islam. The FBI was trying to unlock Adan’s phone and was still working to figure out if he self-radicalized or was radicalized by others.
«We were told (he) had not previously shown an interest in religion,» FBI Special Agent Rick Thornton said.
Adan yelled Islamist phrases during the attack and, at one point, approached Falconer and asked him if he were Muslim, investigators said. That encounter preceded the foot chase and shooting that ended in Adan’s death.
«We have numerous credible witness accounts of him asking victims during the attack if they were Muslim and at least one instance yelling ‘Allahu akbar’ while stabbing one of his victims and others heard him yelling ‘Islam Islam’ during the attack,» Thornton said.
Falconer ultimately fired 10 shots, hitting Adan six times. After killing Adan, Falconer showed his police badge to horrified shoppers who were unsure of what was unfolding in front of them.
While driving to the mall, Adan struck a cyclist – who rolled across the car’s hood. Adan did not stop and later ran a red light en route to his planned attack.
FBI Director James Comey said last week it appeared Adan was at least partly inspired by extremist ideology. When the attacks happened, the Islamic State-run news agency claimed Adan was a «soldier of the Islamic State» who had heeded the group’s calls for attacks in countries that are part of a U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition. It wasn’t immediately known whether the extremist group had planned the attack or knew about it beforehand.
FBI Director James Comey said last week it appeared Adan was at least partly inspired by extremist ideology. Thornton also said that Adan went from being a high academic performer to failing out of college “almost overnight” after taking an increased interest in Islam.
As I noted here at PJ Media, some of the Minnesota press, namely the far-Left Minneapolis Star Tribune, had initially characterized the incident as anti-Muslim, even after Adan had been identified as the suspect. A litany of media reports claiming an atmosphere of Islamophobia in St. Cloud ensued.
But now it seems clear that the official narrative is drifting towards one of an isolated individual radicalized online with no connection to the rest of the Somali community in St. Cloud or Minnesota. This despite the state having the highest number of ISIS-related arrests in recent years.