Two people were stabbed in a
seemingly random Sudden Jihad Syndrome attack at a Twin Cities library in Bloomington Wednesday night. 35-year-old Samira Abdalla Salim was arrested.
CBS – Salim was no stranger to the Oxboro Library. She had a reputation for handing out the Quran and talking religion outside the building.“They had some issues with her harassing other patrons,” said Bloomington Police Commander Mark Stehlik.
But it’s what investigators say she did on Wednesday night that surprised everyone. “I never thought she would do that. She was very nice,” said Anisa Ahmed, Salim’s neighbor. Salim is accused of stabbing two people. The first victim was a woman who was walking into the library.
“The next thing she knew, she felt a sharp pain in the middle of her back and realized she had been stabbed,” said Stehli. The second was a security guard who heard the victim’s cry for help. He went to talk to Salim in the parking lot. “Spoke to her briefly and then she actually stabbed him as well. Stabbed him in the abdomen,” said Stehlik.