Dahir Adan has been named as the suspect in the mass stabbing at a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota on September 17. Dahir, 22, was killed by police on the scene at the mall, where he was disguised as a security guard. Click through to learn more about Dahir.
1. He actually used to be a security guard
One of the most chilling details of the attack at the St. Cloud mall on September 17 was that Dahir was dressed as a private security guard when he allegedly stabbed eight individuals. Dahir did work in security for Electrolux North America at the mall, according to a spokeswoman, as a temporary weekend security guard via a third-party firm. His position ended in June 2016.
2. He was a student at St. Cloud University
Dahir should have been a sophomore at St. Cloud University, but dropped out in Spring 2016, university spokesman Adam Hammer told People. He had attempted to major in Information Systems, but was not able to declare because he did not have enough credits.
3. He’s a Somali refugee
Dahir lived much of his life in the United States, but was born in Somalia on April 10, 1996. His family has lived in the United States for the past 15 years, according to his father, Ahmed Adan, as part of the Somali refugee community in Minnesota (the largest in the country). His application for United States citizenship was finally approved in 2008, according to federal law enforcement officials. The Somali community has condemned the attack.
4. ISIS has claimed him as their “soldier”
ISIS released a statement on September 18 through the Amaq news agency, saying that “the executor of the stabbing attacks in Minnesota yesterday was a soldier of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in response to calls to target the citizens of countries belonging to the crusader coalition.”
5. He had been in trouble with local police before
Dahir was known to police in the St. Cloud area, but only for minor traffic violations. He had never done anything violent.
HollywoodLifers, our thoughts are with the Minnesota victims during this scary time.