This terrorist attack is getting lost in all the coverage of the explosion in Chelsea and the discovery of a pressure cooker device nearby.
Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud will remain closed through Sunday as police investigate a stabbing that left eight people injured and the suspect dead.I'm sure we'll hear that the suspect was mentally ill. If not, he'll be marginalized as a "lone wolf."
"At approximately 8 p.m., an armed suspect entered the Crossroads Mall. That individual made some references to Allah and we confirmed that he asked at least one person if they were Muslim before assaulting them," said St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson.
According to authorities, the suspect was later shot by an off-duty police officer from another jurisdiction. Investigators say the suspect was carrying at least one knife.
We can't call this what it really is - terrorism.
Forget about the supsect's "references to Allah" and that "he asked at least one person if they were Muslim before assaulting them."
Although we know that eight innocent people were stabbed at a Minnesota mall by a guy talking about Allah, targeting non-Muslims, we can't acknowledge that it's Islamic terrorism.
Because that's not who we are?
BREAKING: A Somali community leader in St. Cloud tells me that he was told by a law enforcement officer that the suspect is of Somali origin— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) September 18, 2016