FBI Director James Comey told members of Congress Wednesday that the Minnesota Muslim terrorist who stabbed 10 people inside a St. Cloud shopping mall earlier this month was inspired in by a foreign terrorist group.
“[The attack] does look like it is at least in part motivated by some sort of inspiration from radical Islamic groups,” Comey told the House Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C. “Which groups, and how, we’re not sure of yet.”
Within hours of the Sept. 17 terror attack at the Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud, an ISIS linked news agency claimed credit for the attack.
But Comey said the claim alone was not enough for the FBI to link the terrorist to ISIS.
“They claim responsibility for any savagery they can get their name on,” he said.
Comey said the FBI is analyzing the terrorist’s “entire electronic record and history of all of his associations” to try to learn more about the motivation behind his attack. The Muslim terrorist, 20, was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer during the rampage.
A spokesman for the Minneapolis office of the FBI declined to comment further because the case remains “a very active investigation.”