LUQMAN ABDULLAH SHOT DEAD IN DETROIT
Luqman Ameen Abdullah, 53, also known to authoritiesas Christopher Thomas, the leader of a Sunni Muslim group advocating Islamic rule in the USA has been shot dead, on Wednesday 10/28/2009, by federal agents during a raid in the city of Detroit, authorities have said.
Luqman Ameen Abdullah, imam of the Masjid Al-Haqq Mosque in Detroit, refused to surrender, fired a weapon and was killed during a shootout with officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at a warehouse in Dearborn, the US attorney’s office said.
The FBI was pursuing Abdullah and 10 followers on charges that include conspiracy to sell stolen goods and the illegal possession and sale of firearms. Eight of Luqman Ameen Abdullah’s followers were arrested in the raid while the others remained at large.
FBI agent wrote in an affidavit. “Abdullah and his followers have trained regularly in the use of firearms, and continue to train in martial arts and sword fighting”.
Through a 45-page complaint filed in the case alleges Luqman Ameen Abdullah “calls his followers to an offensive jihad” and preaches that every Muslim should “have a weapon and should not be scared to use their weapon when needed,” charges in the case to not include terrorism or national security crimes.
A court document said that Luqman Ameen Abdullah was an imam of a group whose mission is to establish Shariaa (Islamic law) within the USA. He regularly preached anti-government rhetoric and some of his supporters had converted to Islam while in prison, the FBI said. The group believes that a separate Islamic state in the USA would be controlled by Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown, who is serving a life sentence in a federal prison in Colorado for shooting two police officers in Georgia in 2000, an FBI agent explained. Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, a veteran of the black power movement, started the group, called Ummah (Nation) after he converted to Islam in prison (see – Home Grown Converts ).
The others charged are:
• Mohammad Abdul Salaam, also known as Gregory Stone, 45, of Detroit charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes and sale or receipt of stolen goods.
• Abdullah Beard, also known as Detric Lamont Driver, 37, of Detroit charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes.
• Abdul Saboor, also known as Dwayne Edward Davis, 37, of Detroit charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes.
• Adam Ibraheem, 38, of Detroit charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes.
• Gary Laverne Porter, 59, of Detroit charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.
• Ali Abdul Raqib, 57, of Detroit with conspiracy to commit federal crimes.
• Mohammad Alsahi, also known as Mohammad Palestine, 33, of Ontario, Canada, charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes. He is still at large.
• Yassir Ali Khan, 30, of Ontario, Canada, charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes. He is still at large.
• Mohammad Abdul Bassir, also known as Franklin D. Roosevelt Williams, 50, of Ojibway Correctional Facility charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes, sale or receipt of stolen goods, mail fraud, supplying firearms to felons, possession of weapons by a felon, and altering or removing motor vehicle identification numbers.
• A.C. Pusha, charged in a separate complaint late Wednesday with conspiracy to receive and sell stolen goods.
Salaam, Saboor, Porter, Beard, Ibraheem, Raqib, and Pusha all appeared in U.S. District Court in Detroit late Wednesday afternoon. Bassir is in state custody.
Prior to the gunfight in Dearborn, the FBI executed search warrants at 4467 Tireman and 9278 Genesee in Detroit, officials said.
Dawud Walid, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Affairs – CAIR, said that members of the Muslim community were “shocked” at Abdullah’s death. “He was well-known and respected. No-one that I have talked has said that he was linked to any sort of extremist groups, overseas or here at home,” he told Al Jazeera Arabic international TV network.
“The charges that have been filed against the 11 suspects have no relation or linkage to their religion – they are gun charges. We resent the fact that the FBI has linked religion to these gun charges” Dawud Walid said.
* Ummah at one time was believed to include a couple of dozen mosques around the country. Ummah is now dwarfed in numbers and influence by other African-American Muslim groups, particularly the mainstream Sunnis who were led by Imam W.D. Mohammed, who recently died.
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