>> Islamic state on Sunday claiming responsibility for a knife attack at a Minnesota shopping mall that injured at least nine people. The militant group's news agency AMAQ saying in a statement, quote. The executor of the stabbing attacks in Minnesota yesterday, was a soldier of the Islamic state, and had carried out the operation in response to calls, to target the citizens of countries belonging to the crusader coalition.
The FBI could not yet confirm whether the suspect was in contact with the group. But said it was investigating the incident as a quote, potential act of terrorism. Reuters' correspondent Dustin Volz.>> According to Minnesota authorities, some of the security cameras and the mall caught some of the attack and also some of the exchange with the off duty cop that ended up bringing down the suspect and killing him.
The attacks appear to be indiscriminate. The authorities said that both men and women were attacked some as old as mid-50s. And the youngest victim, a 15-year-old girl. At this time a lot is still very unknown about the motives of this person. It looks like this person didn't really have a violent history.
But the authorities are still investigating and working with local law enforcement.>> According to local police, the man stabbed his victims around 8:15 Saturday night at a mall in St Cloud, just 60 miles from Minneapolis. He was wearing a private security uniform, made references to Allah, and in the case of at least one, asked if the victim was Muslim.
>> As of 7 o'clock this morning there were three that were still in the hospital. No one with life, any type of life threatening injuries.>> The attack comes as New York City reels over a bombing Saturday in its Chelsea district injuring 29 people. Officials have not found any link between the two incidents.