Crime and Accident

Eight injured in Minnesota mall, suspect shot dead

Eight injured in Minnesota mall, suspect shot dead

WASHINGTON: At least eight people were wounded in mass stabbing attack at a Minnesota shopping mall by an unidentified man who was dressed in a private security uniform.

He was shot dead by an off-duty police officer. He reportedly made references to Allah before he was killed.

Police chief Blair Anderson told journalists that the suspect “asked at least one person if they were Muslim before he assaulted them.”

He also said “whether that was a terrorist attack or not, I’m not willing to say that right now because we just don’t know”.

The attack happened in St Cloud, 70 miles (110km) north-west of Minneapolis. The motive is unclear.

The local police said that none of the injuries were life-threatening.“We will be diligent and get to the bottom of this,” Anderson said. “Starting tomorrow, things won’t be the same here.”

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she had been briefed about the Minnesota stabbing as well as Saturday’s explosions in New York and a pipe bomb blast hours earlier in a trash can in New Jersey in which no one was injured.