[dehai-news] (AFP) Fearing recruitment, FBI reaches out to US Somalis: report


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From: Biniam Tekle (biniamt@dehai.org)
Date: Tue Dec 30 2008 - 08:52:55 EST


Fearing recruitment, FBI reaches out to US Somalis: report

18 hours ago, Dec 29, 2008

WASHINGTON (AFP) The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is expanding
contacts with Somali immigrant communities in the United States, especially
in Minnesota, out of concern that terrorists may be recruiting young men
there, The Washington Times reported Monday.

The newspaper said about young 20 men from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area
had disappeared in recent months and are thought to have joined Islamist
rebels who are on the verge of overthrowing the US- and UN-backed government
in Somalia.

The outreach effort began after Shirwa Ahmed, a naturalized US citizen, was
killed in a suicide bombing in northern Somalia in late October, according
to the report.

US officials also confirmed that a Seattle man suspected of being an
Islamist radical working with an Al-Qaeda-affiliated group had been killed
in a missile strike in Somalia, The Times said.

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