In recent years, the beautiful state of Minnesota has been the primary landing spot for refugees and migrants from war torn and Islam ravaged Somalia. It was a sign of the kindness of America that we would welcome great numbers of desperate people to our nation’s interior, but that kindness is now being turned against the innocent citizens of Minnesota.
Over the weekend while bombs were wreaking havoc in New York and New Jersey, Muslim terrorism was also dealing damage in the St. Cloud, Minnesota.
On Saturday, a Muslim man walked into a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota and stabbed nine people before being shot and killed by an off-duty police officer.
Witnesses report that the man had been shouting “Allahu Akbar” and asked at least one person if they were a Muslim before he attacked them.
BREAKING: St. Cloud mall stabbing attack suspect referenced Allah during attack, asked at least 1 victim if they were Muslim before assault
— Steve Tellier KSTP (@stellierkstp) September 18, 2016
Ashley Bayne, an employee of JCPenney at the mall, was visiting a coworker at the time of the incident.
“All of sudden chaos just broke out,” she told CNN’s Nick Valencia on Sunday. “There was a bunch of people running into the JCPenney mall entrance, and they were just screaming that someone was going around the mall stabbing people, and that there was blood everywhere. It was just honestly a really scary experience.”
Three of his victims are still in the hospital and one of them is in life-threatening condition. In spite of the man’s claims of supporting Islam, the FBI told the media that the attack was a “potential act of terrorism.” However, the connection became much more realistic when, on Sunday, a wing of ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack saying that the attacker was a “soldier of the Islamic state.”
“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.”
St. Cloud’s police chief said the town would be forever changed by the horrific attack. St. Could is some 65 miles northwest of Minneapolis and not used to such violent acts; the surprising attack has seemingly robbed the community of their innocence.
“Whenever something as awful as this happens, it’s hard for things to be the same as they were,” Chief William Anderson told CNN.
On an unrelated note, this is yet another example of a good guy with a gun saving the day. The mall has private security, but those employees are unarmed and not equipped to confront an armed attacker. Thankfully for everyone in the mall, there was an off duty (armed) police officer present and ready to act. Jason Falconer is a part-time police officer for the nearby town of Avon, and he just happened to be in the right place at the right time. St. Cloud’s mayor Dave Kleis praised Falconer to the media. “His heroic actions are exemplary of having witnessed what he did as the suspect was lunging at him with a knife. Not only did he fire, the suspect went down, came back up on three different occasions. He protected others from being injured and potentially loss of life. Clearly, a hero.”
Over the last couple of years, Minnesota has been popping up in the national news more and more for connections to Muslim terrorism, whether it’s arrests being made of young men seeking to travel abroad to fight for terrorist organizations, or local connections to broader terrorist actions. Most frightening, though, is the increase of terrorist activity taking place within Minnesota’s borders.
Earlier this summer, a gang of young Somali men between the ages of 20 and 30, according to reports, were detained by police when they were caught terrorizing an upscale community in Minneapolis. For several troublesome days in June the men walked the streets of the Lake Calhoun community accosting locals and even threatening to kidnap and rape some of them! Residents told the police and the local media that this wasn’t the first time they’d had to deal with the threatening behavior, but that they had noticed the worrisome behavior escalating in frequency and danger.