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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Comments (6)
  1. Wanye Kest says:

    This guy wanted to kill people. Because of his twisted Muslim religion. Period, end of story. I don’t give a rat’s patoot what his family thinks. They should all be publicly shamed. The more people like Mark Dayton, Betsy Hodges and WCC0 try to hide the fact that this has everything to do with Islam, the worse it will get. If it’s so great and ‘peaceful, how come everyone wants to leave Islamic countries and nobody wants to go there?

    1. Dan Mack says:

      “If it’s so great and ‘peaceful, how come everyone wants to leave Islamic countries and nobody wants to go there?”
      Some do:
      Good news for all alien non-citizen Muslims: In response to your demands; Minneapolis Public Housing Authority has modified it’s policies to allow holding your subsidized section 8 town-home or welfare tower suite rent-free while you are home overseas for El-kida, Isis or El-shskabob training and or other “personal business” for periods exceeding one calendar month or thirty consecutive days. Although your monthly welfare payments cannot as yet be sent overseas, you may pick them up immediately upon your return to the USA. Homeless US citizens and their children including homeless US armed forces veterans will be kept on waiting lists and not allowed to rent your units while you are at home overseas tending to what is important to you. We now pay your fare both ways for each round trip when you Go Home.

      1. Thomas Evenstad says:

        Dan, again thank you for support of our homeless and downtrodden. We need more people like you in a movement. Also thank you for your support of gay rights. As a gay man yourself we all know how hard it is to come out of the closet as you have. I’m sure no one can describe the invasions that you have suffered better than you can. Bless you young man.

        1. Mike Coxin says:

          More gay talk.

  2. Dan Mack says:

    The great Socialist Village leader Rudy Perpich was the first to invite these third world malcontents into Minnesota, to vote early and often, no-ID required, while sitting in the lap of luxury on welfare courtesy the largess of the Minnesota taxpayers. That as it should be here in the Socialist Village. … Prior to that, the nasty capitalist repuglicans were only letting in Somali immigrants. To qualify for that immigrant status, one is required to provide binding legal contracts that insure the immigrant will not become a public charge, be of good moral character, display allegiance to American interests, , as well as not be taking American jobs. … Perpich bypassed all that and flooded Minnesota with malcontent criminals, illiterate, unemployable, non-English speaking welfare breeders immediately placed on immediate permanent and successive generational welfare, with the best preferential entitlement treatment money can buy. That is as it should be here in the Socialist village. You do the DFL a disservice to not credit them with this great achievement in stamping out capitalism and driving those darn taxpayers out of Minnesota and bringing in a huge breed stock of welfare diversity voters.

    1. Tom Evenstad says:

      Thank you Dan for your comments. As a submissive gay male I know what it is like to be taken advantage of, repeatedly. These folks should be sent back to New Jersey or where ever they came from. We need more patriotic folks such as yourself speaking up.