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An FBI terrorism task force is taking over the St. Cloud mall attack case

The investigation into the St. Cloud mall attack is being taken over by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

The St. Cloud Police Department announced Tuesday afternoon that the Crossroads Center stabbing attack is now a federal investigation, as agents try to determine whether there are any links to international terrorist groups.

Dahir Adan, a 20-year-old U.S. citizen who was born in Kenya but brought to the U.S. by his Somali parents when he was a baby, injured 10 people with a knife on Saturday before he was shot dead by off-duty police officer Jason Falconer.

On Sunday, FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Thornton said the attack was a “potential act of terrorism,” but three days later no definitive links have been found that ties Adan to foreign terror groups such as ISIS. The group claimed Adan was a “soldier” in the immediate aftermath of the attack.

The FBI’s terrorism task force will conduct a “thorough evaluation of the facts and motivation behind the incident,” with the St. Cloud police department continuing to provide assistance as the investigation progresses.

Adan’s family and friends are themselves unaware of his motive, describing themselves as being in “deep shock” in a statement issued on Monday, CBS News reports.

Jama Alimad, a Somali community advocate and friend of Adan’s family, described the St. Cloud State University student as “the most assimilated kid in the neighborhood,” the Star Tribune reports, and said he was more into sports than religion.



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