ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Leaders of the Somali community in central Minnesota are condemning the stabbing of nine people at a mall.
Community leaders held a news conference Sunday and said the suspect in Saturday night’s attack at a St. Cloud mall does not represent the larger Somali community.
They urged the broader community to unite, and said they feared backlash against Somalis living in the area.
The man’s father identified the suspect as Dahir Adan in an interview with the Star Tribune. Authorities haven’t confirmed that name and say they are still investigating. Adan was shot dead by an off-duty police officer.
All nine victims suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.
Meanwhile, St. Cloud Technical and Community College says Adan was never a student there, as has been reported. St. Cloud University confirms he attended school there, but has not been enrolled since spring 2016.
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