BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) — Two people were stabbed in a seemingly random attack at a Twin Cities library.

After the incident Wednesday night at the Oxboro Library in Bloomington, 35-year-old Samira Abdalla Salim was arrested.

Salim was no stranger to the Oxboro Library. She had a reputation for handing out the Koran and talking religion outside the building.

“They had some issues with her harassing other patrons,” said Bloomington Police Commander Mark Stehlik.

But it’s what investigators say she did on Wednesday night that surprised everyone. 

“I never thought she would do that. She was very nice,” said Anisa Ahmed, Salim’s neighbor. 

Salim is accused of stabbing two people. The first victim was a woman who was walking into the library.

“The next thing she knew, she felt a sharp pain in the middle of her back and realized she had been stabbed,” said Stehlik.

The second was a security guard who heard the victim’s cry for help. He went to talk to Salim in the parking lot.

“Spoke to her briefly and then she actually stabbed him as well. Stabbed him in the abdomen,” said Stehlik.

Because Salim lived next door to the library, witnesses identified her right away and she was arrested in minutes.

“Nobody was worried about her committing a violent act,” said Stehlik.

Fourteen-year-old Ahmed lives next door to Salim and only knows a friendly lady whose kids were friends with her sisters.

“She’d greet us every morning … and she’d get to know us,” said Ahmed.

Now the question everyone wants answered is why a woman who was not seen as a threat suddenly became violent.

“It’s unusual. Somebody minding their own business, walking into library, it doesn’t happen too often where they become victim of assault like this,” said Stehlik.

The victims had minor injuries. Police say they weren’t stabbed with a knife but a sharp, pointy object.

Comments (119)
  1. Mike Merker says:

    I hope they charge her with a hate crime.

    1. Thomas Schneider says:

      Since she is a muslum they will not charge her with a hate crime. You need to be a WASP to get charged with that. The judge will slap her hand. The judge’s hand are tied, the president of this country is one of those people. So no it will not be a hate crime.

    2. Moni says:

      only white people are charged with hate crimes….

      1. AnnJ says:

        Since she is muslim they’ll probably giive her the key to the city!

  2. You're kidding right? says:

    They represent a fraction of the population yet we hear about violent crimes committed by them everyday. GET THEM OUT OF HERE!!!!!

  3. Auntie Venom says:

    Like my Jehovah’s Witless in-laws, but with an edge!

  4. Ship this women back home! says:

    This a hate crime no question asked. just like 100% of the other stabbings and shootings. But since it wasnt against a special delicate gay person it doesnt matter! Save the gays everyone but forget about everyone else that gets “hated on”. SMH!

    1. jeff says:

      i would like for you to demonstrate how this is a hate crime. you must be privy to some information not given in this article.

      1. Paulie says:

        Kind of a beautiful day outside Jeff. You should leave the house and live a little.

      2. Chip says:

        First of all, this concept of “Hate Crime” is so idiotic because it is based on the silly notion that we can read someone’s mind and what caused them to commit a crime. This is absolutely idiotic. Let’s leave the mind-reading up to God and let Him deal with people appropriately at the right time.
        Did this woman have a hateful attitude towards the people she stabbed? Well, yes, I believe that is obvious.

  5. steven says:

    further proof the koran preaches hate and violence….satanic verses was a book about how eviil this koran and islam in general is!

    1. Jack Durance says:

      I know this woman she is schizophrenic. Thats why she did this. Obviously they did not report that fact.

      1. Ariel says:

        Hmmmm, already seeking out an excuse for her radical actions. Maybe harassing people with her Muslim missionary activities was also a schizophrenic activity??

    2. mikemonaco says:

      You realize that most criminals are christians, right? Are you saying christianity preaches hate and violence? Or is religion them otive only when the religion of the perp is nonchristian?

      1. freeyourmind100 says:

        i say u go ck out so you can see all the cases of religious motive you talk about.

        1. mikemonaco says:

          Yawn. I’ll see your hate site and raise you

          Nowhere is her religion noted as a motive for this crime.
          I just see an awful lot of bigotry in these comments, attempting to tie this particular head case to everyone of similar complexion and/or creed.

  6. Jeff says:

    @Mike: watch the video… says she attacked the 2 people “UNPROVOKED”.

    And BTW….I was right….the building behind the library where this woman lives is Section 8.

    God, I love America!!!!

  7. @mike says:

    It’s someone else’s fault she did this? You’re a big part of the problem. Go play in traffic. They did it back home, they’ll do it here.

  8. Jeff says:

    @Mike: And another thing…SHE was the one who was outside the library HARASSING other people shoving Islam down their throats. The lady who got stabbed probably told her to F%$K off and then she stabbed her.

    So Mike, this is just a reminder to you that YOU MUST BOW DOWN TO ISLAM and if you don’t…THEY WILL KILL YOU.

  9. jeff says:

    okay, i’m gonna ask this and let’s see…….raise your hand if you think this lady is nuts!!!!!!!!!!

    1. UpChuck.Liberals says:

      She’s MoosLoon so of course she’s nuts.

    2. Kelly Kafir says:

      Nope… just Muslim. Totally ok by the standards of the Qur’an

  10. jeff says:

    which jeff? jeff or Jeff?

    1. Preemptive Strike says:

      Get ’em all, let God sort it out. : )~

  11. Alert U says:

    Woman may have some kind of mental disorder; bipolar etc. Look, the guy who shot the congress woman and killed six has just been declared to be too insane to stand trial.

    1. Kelly Kafir says:

      or she was just following what the Qur’an says… try on Sura 9:5… such a peaceful religion.

  12. Richard in Minneapolis says:

    The victims obviously didn’t have the benefit of John Cleese’s lesson on how to defend yourself from pointed sticks.

    I’m guessing she messed up on taking her medication today. A random violent act out of nowhere from an otherwise peaceful purpose is a serious sign of a mental health issue.

    1. Auntie Venom says:

      It sounds like she really takes her Qur’an seriously. You know, Sura 9:5 When the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush.”

      Yep, she sure takes that Religion of Peace to heart.

      1. Jack Durance says:

        Actually, I know this woman and she is schizophrenic. Thats why she did this. Obviously they did not report that fact. But very easy of you to jump on the fact she is muslim. Reevaluate your perspective.

        1. Ariel says:

          Hmmmm, already seeking out an excuse for her radical actions. Maybe harassing people with her Muslim missionary activities was also a schizophrenic activity?? Maybe you should re-evaluate your understanding of her motives….
          I presume that you have already interviewed her AFTER the deed and have analyzed her mind!!

        2. Jim says:

          Jack are you a medical doctor? Can you diagnose people with schizophrenia? I didn’t think so. Everyone needs to quit hating on islam, it’s clearly a religion of peace. And she was simply trying to hand out qurans in front of the local islam center, the public library.

  13. Kelly says:

    These freaks need to go back to their own country! I’m sick and tired of paying taxes for them to have a free ride in life. I’m all for people who come to the US legally and are living good honest lives. But the trashy ones who hate Americans but don’t mind taking handouts from us can just get the heck out of town!!!

  14. allen says:

    Another example of the 90% of blacks that commit all our crimes. Another mentally ill Muslim. So happy we let all these people come to this country and create havoc. Section 8, welfare and now atttempted murder. Seems to be a pattern here.

    1. Kachonka says:

      Don’t leave out the couple of million for her high profile appointed attorney that will get dumped on the community.

      1. Jack Durance says:

        Actually her attorney works for a non-profit and makes less than a cashier at a gas station. thanks for your insight though.

        1. Ariel says:

          It seems like you know this woman’s case intimately. A closet attorney or psychiatrist revealing himself??

  15. Kevin says:

    She is black….muslim…..and a female (I think)……no hate crime here………send them ALL BACK NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOW FREAKIN STUPID ARE THE PEOPLE OF MN???????

  16. Darren says:

    Kevin, Thats east to answer, they voted in a democratic govenor and had a democratic house and senatefor the past how many years. Bring the poor, the low down, the hurting to Minnesota, they will take care of them there, they mean us the taxpayer will pay for them here. BS

  17. taxpayer says:

    Why was she allowed to harass library patrons?! My kids ride their bikes to this library! This makes me sick to hear that this happened! Cops can give me a ticket for tinted windows on my car, but allow this sicko woman to do this in a place where children should feel is a safe place to be!!!!!!!!!!!! The city is going to hell with all the low lifes moving in.

  18. Wot Woo says:

    Sounds like someone is not playing with a full deck lol.

  19. thumbody says:

    What a great example of her faith

  20. Mel says:

    @ Jeff. I’m trying to remember the last time a Christian physically attacked someone with a sharp object. Other than the handful of scandals and looney predictions, Christians are pretty mild-mannered.

    1. Arla says:

      Well, thery’re pretty mild-mannered except for those ones who bomb women’s health clinics… and those where the men kidnap young girls and force “marry” them… and that bunch that like to protest at servicemen’s funerals because “God hates F*gs”…. and…

      1. Auntie Venom says:

        The self styled Christians who bomb women’s clinics, the FLDS and the Westboro bunch do their deeds in spite of their scriptures. The ‘New Testament’ abrogates any of the former ‘Hebrew’ scriptures. Adherents of Islam do their deeds in accord and with sanction of their scripture. That is an important distinction that should not be overlooked.

        1. Ben says:

          @Auntie Venom
          If the new testament abrogates the old testament, then the whole premise of christianity is void. For without original sin, there was no reason for Jesus to die.

          1. Auntie Venom says:

            As far as stoning for adultery, disobeying parents and various required offerings at the Temple, the abrogating law is ‘he who is without sin’ and so on. Yep, you’re correct, Jesus did come to cancel the debt of original sin, and he knocked down the 613 Levitical laws to just two. That pretty much abrogates a lot of the law as laid out for the Jews, and after Pentecost, the Gentiles.

            1. Ariel says:

              @Aunti Venom, So, just how much of the law and which laws in oarticular were abrogated by the “New Testament”?? Have a read of Matt 5:18!! I just wonder who has the higher authority on how much of the law has been abrogated, Yeshua or you??

  21. Left the US(S)A and happy says:

    If a white person did this and had been handing out a bible and stabbed black people this would be a hate crime and receiving naitonal attention, oh it’s a Somalian suspect (probably that we are all paying for) quickly sweep it under the rug. Good job media.

    1. Dave says:

      Very well said! It would have been national news on CNN, not just local. They’d be having riots in the middle east about it by weeks end. Unbelievable.

  22. jeff says:

    believe me i’m not defending this lady but clearly this is not a hate crime. she’s nuts. there is no information given that says she sought out to stab whitey.

    1. kachonka says:

      Tinted windows is a hate crime! You cannot hate the sun legally!

      1. jeff says:

        and you want me to seek mental help? freak troll!

  23. fred says:

    yeah mike, she`s the real victim here. all of us white folks are evil and deserve to be stabbed by some sub-human immigrant. I would almost never condone violence,but you really need some discipline.

    1. jeff says:


  24. Sick Of It says:

    This story makes me sick! This should be on national new! Showing what animals these people are, and how stupid the people of MN are for allowing this! Its time the people of MN grow sacks and protest the huge influx of all immigrants! Or just keep being killed as their numbers grow…..Mexican gangs, Somali gangs, Nigerian gangs, Hmong gangs, Liberian gangs and the list goes on….and on….and on….

  25. mpls sux says:


    HEY SOMALI’S GO HOME!!!!!!!!!

    Tax payer

    1. jeff says:

      maybe if they hear this enough from people like you they might actually start to get jaded enough and join terrorist cells and start blowing up targets over here instead of abroad. your line of thinking is exactly the nudge that some of these people need to hate us more than they already do. good job. keep the hate flowing and someday you might be lucky enough to reap what you sow. but more likely they will kill small children and women elsewhere….

      1. Good Ol Boy says:

        So, not tolerating their BS leads to them killing us. But they’ll also randomly kill us as well. So you would endorse tolerating their BS and dying anyway. Got it.

        1. jeff says:

          there is a difference between not tolerating people and just being outright racist. surely someone intelligent enough to put words in my mouth can see that. hate breeds hate. that is a fact. there is no disputing that.

      2. KAchonka says:

        jeff, seek mental help and wipe your butt with your copy of obama’s BC.

  26. Bob Smith says:

    Would you wear a T-shirt with a Mohammad cartoon printed on it?

    You might in Montana. Don’t try it in Mecca.


    Because, Islam trains a small number of its most devout believers it’s OK to kill. And Islamic killers have been trained to kill anyone who insults Allah and/or Mohammad.

    In Montana you’d have a good chance none of these Islamic killers would see you.

    In Mecca you wouldn’t last five minutes. One of Islam’s killers would come from out of nowhere and kill you. It is that simple.

    You don’t believe me? Ask any Muslim!

    Read it all at:

  27. SJS says:

    “Now the question everyone wants answered is why a woman who was not seen as a threat suddenly became violent.”

    It’s Sudden Jihad Syndrome; many Muslims have suffered from this.

  28. Bob Smith says:

    Mike is a liberal loon.

    He has used the following code words – bigoted, hatred, status, nationality, religious, and provoked.

    We are lucky the woman did not have a gun.

    1. Auntie Venom says:

      The woman is lucky the stabbed woman didn’t have a gun as permitted by the Minnesota Personal Protection Act of 2003.

  29. Rita says:

    Let us the citizens of MN start a new charity SUITCASES FOR SOMALI’S . We provide enough luggage and of course we would have to pack for them too and send them on their way . When I lived inner city Mpls. the ONLY population I saw as pain in the *** was these people !!! At the grocery get out of the way as these people will run into you and then scowl as they back up and do it again. Also the small play park was ruined by these inconsiderate freaks !!! SEND them back and they can kill one another in their own country.

  30. shane comeback says:

    Sooo, Minnesota, how’s that diversity workin’ out for ya?

    1. Rita says:

      Just fine –thank you !!

  31. shaun says:

    That’s the problem with the Koran, it really does promote violence. Muslims are victims of a vicious cult ideology, and then go on to become the perpetrators. It is so powerful it can and does take over entire countries that don’t stamp it out, which no country has ever done. It means admitting the ideology itself is vicious and evil.

    1. Auntie Venom says:

      Actually, Spain did expel their Moslem population, and Austria did repel an Islamic invasion. But those actions were several centuries ago, and were accomplished by men who met the violence of the invaders with greater violence. Alas, PC politics and modern military rules of engagement forbid the sort of tactics necessary to properly quell an invasion of hostiles.

  32. Mel says:

    Nah, she’s not crazy. She’s just following orders from her leaders. Check out the story on about an American muslim convert imploring his brothers to grab a gun and start shooting Americans. She’s just exercising her right to express her faith. Her faith just so happens to encourage the murder of non-believers.

  33. annie says:

    Stabbing the infidels in the back. Literally. Great. Now we all have to watch our backs. Literally.

    Gee. What could her motivation be??? Ignore common sense and suffer more of this anti-American, anti-“infidel” violence.

    1. UpChuck.Liberals says:

      Her Welfare check was late?

  34. JoeAstroturf says:

    Samira hold on please Eric (Terror Loving) Holder will get you off somehow. Allah Ak somethin or other. Whether it’s letting off Marc Rich or letting off FALN or the new black panthers Obama can count on him. Especially when he’s letting off Acorn or whatever it calls itself now.

    Please Check out song called teapartiers I can’t hear you at

    Here’s a verse

    Baucus is threatening insurance companies Obama the CBO
    Medicare Advantage and free speech is about to go
    He’d rather see people in our forts , planes and La liberty building die
    then to see a muslim terrorist get water in his eye
    All the insane and pervert czars and the communist ones too
    are surprised how easily they took us without even a coup

  35. limonade+whisky=? says:

    loooooool how many of u are native Americans ? cause we want send them back all of those who cross the ocean. specially those who killed 83.000.000 native Americans including woman’s and children’s so now are we ready to go back ? or we willing to learn how to love each other u have 72 hrs to make a life time decision. by the way i love just remember that

    1. John says:

      Your English is excellent. The highest estimates of North American Indian populations in 1492 are in the area of 18 million people.

      Your obvious attempt to skirt the issue of an imported Somali Muslim stabbing two American citizens is pathetic but not surprising. The bottom line is that the US government should put it’s own citizens ahead of low IQ, third world miscreants who live off the public teat and destroy everything they touch. Somali’s as a group will never be able to function in the West and everyone who has observed Somali behavior in Africa, Europe and North America knows this.

    2. Rick says:

      Sir, I do believe the second part of your name ( whisky) explains your comment. However according to your philosophy all those who crossed the Ocean need to go back. well Most of us in this country never crossed the Ocean, secondly, many scholors believe that the American Indian also crossed into this country through Siberia and Alaska. So then does that mean all American Indians have to now be re-routed again to some other part of the world? And please tell me where you got the number 83 million native American killed ? OH and I love you too man.

  36. manira says:

    the lady is a sweet lady who will not harm anyone. she is schizpphrenic and truly missed her meds. but i guess nobody want to hear that. what matters is how the media have it out there.. and people with stupid heads are really depending on the media beautiful words..

  37. Digital Dan says:

    The picture is of the reporter, moron.

    1. Rastus says:

      I think he was talking about the picture in the VIDEO link, you double moron you….

  38. pst314 says:

    And the stabber is described as a “friendly” Muslim. Something to remember the next time some Muslim spokesperson is described as “moderate”.

  39. pst314 says:

    The Koran commands all Muslims to make war until everybody in the world submits to Islam.

    Such a nice, peaceful, tolerant religion.

  40. Mary says:

    I once had to bring my daughter to MPLS Childrens to have bloodwork drawn. Mind you we have good paying jobs with good health insurance and our daughter was having a serious medical issue at the time. We checked in only to find out that the WIC Moms also came in there for their blood tests to get on WIC and they TOOK PRIORITY over my daughter. We had to wait for TWO HOURS when the majority of the people that were done before us came in after us. I lost track at 48 women with their kids and of those women only 2 of them spoke English. These people come here and don’t even bother to learn OUR language and live off of our tax money. MN needs to get a lot tougher on them and stop giving them handouts. If they hate us so much then why are they here? They need to GO BACK HOME!!!

  41. bricko says:

    Hmmm, I’m at a loss. Why would someone who follows the Religion of Peace™ suddenly attack innocent kufar people?

  42. unkawill says:

    This is one Female that a Burka would an improvement on. Why would a Muslum Man let his woman go out in public un escorted?

  43. fred says:

    whatever church group that brought this crime-wave to our doorstep should be held libel for their violence……seriously… start coughing up some big money for the victims of this mayhem..

  44. Geoff says:

    If she doesn’t get charged with something whether it be assault or the like, that will be proof that there is something deeply disturbing setting foot in this country. I volunteer at another Hennepin County library, and am thankful that nothing this bad has happened up our way. Manira, anyone who willingly stabs innocent people can never be defined as being sweet. I take it you’re sharpening pointy objects too?

  45. Johny Doe says:

    Obama brings them in by the 1000’s. The closet muslim in the White House likes the company of like minded savages.

  46. RufusVonDufus says:

    So, Minnesota, you are reaping what you have sown by electing a muslim congressman, a nut from SNL and various other idiots. Don’t complain; accept your fate and begin each of your days at the local mosques which will soon dot every neighborhood! Maybe Obama will come and stay with you for awhile.

  47. drjohn says:

    Ten bucks says she’s a Somali.

  48. muslimsareterrorists says:

    this is why, when it comes to muslims, you get them before they get you!

  49. Rick says:

    Well I think the orange jumpsuit does her justice and I hope she uses it as her theme dress for a long time.

  50. Chip says:

    This is just a sign of the times in which we live. Using common sense to make wise decisions for a country and its culture to survive are superseded by political correctness and self-loathing out of guilt.
    How moronic!

  51. akexa says:

    What kind of sharp object. It makes a difference if she was carrying a weapon or if the “sharp object’ was a ball point pen.

    This woman is now a hero to the Somali community. She was doing the job she was brought here to do–kill Americans.

  52. katd says:

    ever read the koran? It is a hate crime

  53. truth says:

    The news networks failed to disclose to their viewers was the fact that Samira is mentally ill and the alleged stabbing was actually carried out by a ball pin pen.

    her sister “My sister was diagnosed with schizophrenia last year, Says Samira’s younger sister Mona, “ She even has a personal care attendant who regularly comes to her house to check if she is taking her medications or not, Her mental illness gave her religious delusions which is a known symptom of schizophrenia, But throughout her illness my sister was always peaceful, she never hurt anybody, in fact she loved to help neighbors cook and prepare big feasts, that’s what I tried to tell the TV news crew but they simply refused to talk to me”.

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