Ahmad Rahami and Dahir Adan represent a growing trend of Muslim migrants rejecting the West in favor of their religion or loyalties abroad. The emerging details already point to a familiar pattern in this type of attack.
“He went out to get an iPhone. He was very happy, he was joyful leaving home,” said Haji Yussuf, the founder of an anti-Islamophobia group.
“While he was at the mall, the family doesn’t know what happened. But what they know is, between the time he left his home and they knew what he was going to do and going to the mall, in between they don’t know what happened,” Yussuf said.
Somewhere between buying an iPhone and going full jihad, the Kenyan-born Somali migrant managed to become "a soldier of the Islamic State," yet authorities are still using the term "lone wolf" to describe his attack.
Securitas, a Swedish security firm, confirmed Adan worked as a part-time employee before resigning earlier this year, a potential explanation for his security guard disguise.
In addition to a large Swedish population, Minnesota enjoys a Muslim population higher than the national average. The state holds the largest population of Somali migrants in the US.
Since 2007, many devout Somalis have left Minnesota to join Al-Shabab, an Al-Qaeda affiliate operating in Somalia and Ethiopia. Dahir Adan proved a homegrown jihadist doesn't need a plane ticket to fight a holy war.
"He would speak often of Western culture and how it was different back home,” the mother of Rahami's daughter said. “How there weren't homosexuals in Afghanistan.”
Maria had not heard from Rahami in over two years, but she recalled a few important details.
"He seemed standoffish to American culture, but I never thought he would cross the line," she added.
Ah yes, that angsty Kaepernickesque rebellion pulls just right at the heartstrings until your baby's daddy is trying to detonate pipe bombs on the Jersey Shore.
Aside from Maria's testimony, we learned Rahami manipulated and exploited our politically correct culture when he wasn't trying to destroy it.
In 2011, Ahmad, his brother Muhammad and their father filed a federal lawsuit, claiming the police in New Jersey discriminated against their family's restaurant.
Reports also claim police arrested one of Rahami's brothers for attacking a police officer. The Muslim immigrant simply fled back to his native Afghanistan before the case could be prosecuted.
In 2014, authorities arrested Ahmad for stabbing someone in the leg during a domestic dispute.
All these incidents convinced Rahami to take 'a vacation' in Afghanistan and Pakistan, where he probably picked up the skills necessary to assemble eight pipe bombs.
In 2011, Ahmad traveled to Quetta, Pakistan, a major stronghold of the Taliban. Between 2013 and 2014, he spent a total of 11 months in Pakistan.
What warranted all this hatred? Well, the neighborhood surrounding the family's business asked city officials to pass an ordinance requiring the restaurant to close at 10 pm.
Citing 'discrimination', 'false arrest' and 'abuse of process', the Rahamis lashed out towards the very community that once answered their pleas for 'asylum'.
"It was neighbour complaints, it had nothing to do with his ethnicity or religion," the town's mayor told the New York Times.
Both US presidential candidates weighed in on the attacks, swiping at each other in the process.
Reminiscent of the infamous Benghazi video, Hillary decided to warn Americans how criticizing Islam will only create more terrorists.
“We’re going after the bad guys, and we’re going to get them, but we’re not going after an entire religion,” Mrs. Clinton said. “We know that Donald Trump’s comments have been used online for the recruitment of terrorists,” Hillary Clinton told a press conference.
Donald Trump responded by questioning whether Hillary Clinton attacked Americans more often than radical Islam. Here are some key points from Trump's rally in Fort Myers, Florida.
"In many countries overseas, non-believers face the death penalty." Trump said.
"Where is Hillary's condemnation there?"
“Has she ever talked that way about radical Islam? No... Or about those who murder women and gays overseas? Has Hillary Clinton ever called people who support these practices 'deplorable' and 'irredeemable'? ...No," Trump said.
“Let's ask Hillary Clinton how many people who subscribe to radical Islamic views and support the oppression of nonbelievers would you call 'deplorable' or 'irredeemable'? Or are those were words only reserved for hard-working Americans who truly love our country and they want to make a statement?”
“There have been Islamic terrorist attacks in Minnesota and New York City and in New Jersey. These attacks and many others were made possible because of our extremely open immigration system, which fails to properly vet and screen the individuals or families coming into our country.”
“Got to be careful.”