The man who stabbed nine people at a Minnesota mall before an off-duty police officer fatally shot him has been identified as 22-year-old Dahir A. Adan, federal law enforcement sources and two Somali community leaders who are in contact with Adan's family said Monday.
Adan went to college in St. Cloud and worked for a private security firm at the time of the attack, the community leaders told CNN. He had been acting strangely before the attack, they said.
Following the Saturday stabbings, Lul Hersi stood outside the Crossroads Mall, waiting to find out if her son was among the victims of the man an ISIS-linked news agency praised as a "soldier of the Islamic state."
Fear washed over the Somali-American mother, not just for her son's well-being, but also because of the potential backlash against her community.
"This has been a dark day; it is a day we will never forget," said Hersi. "ISIS does not represent us. It does not represent Islam, and it does not represent Somalis."
The Amaq News Agency posted a statement online, the latest in a series of ISIS-related media outlets claiming responsibility for purported attacks carried out by individuals across Europe and beyond.
CNN cannot independently the claim. Likewise, St. Cloud Police Chief William Blair Anderson told CNN on Sunday he was unable to confirm if the mall stabbings were anything more than a lone attack.
"Right now, we're trying to get to the bottom of his motivations," Anderson said.
The FBI is calling the attack "a potential act of terrorism." [...]