ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The attorney for the family of the man who stabbed 10 people at a central Minnesota mall says his relatives had no idea he expressed interest in Islam and was planning last month’s attack as authorities have indicated.
Abdulwahid Osman said Thursday following a news conference by the FBI and other officials that the family did not see a change in Dahir Ahmed Adan’s behavior as investigators have claimed. Law enforcement officials say Adan took a recent interest in Islam, withdrew from his friends and encouraged female relatives to be more religious.
Osman says Adan’s parents and other close family members viewed video evidence from the mall attack earlier Thursday. He says Adan’s parents said that is “not the son they knew” and that it is beyond their understanding that he committed the crime.
An off-duty officer shot and killed Adan after he wounded the 10 people at Crossroads Center mall.
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