The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a knife attack in a St. Cloud, Minnesota, mall on Saturday that injured eight people. "The executor of the stabbing attacks in Minnesota yesterday was a soldier of the Islamic State," said a Sunday statement in the terrorist organization's Amaq news agency, "and carried out the operation in response to calls to target the citizens of countries belonging to the crusader coalition."
St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson said the attacker reportedly asked his victims if they were Muslim before striking and made references to Allah during his rampage. Anderson's department confirmed in a statement Saturday that the stabber was killed by law enforcement in the mall.