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There are two typical signs to Islamic radicalization of young Muslims in the Western Democracies. The first is the inexplicable disappearance of young Muslims, in their 20s’ or late teenage, some of them with promising careers, students in universities and general ordinary life. The second sign is that the suddenly missing youngsters have something in common – it can be the country of origin, a common Mosque, with a charismatic Imam, or a common neighborhood.

 

Therefore FBI was alerted when about a dozen Somali-American, at least two of them were students at the University of Minnesota, disappeared from their homes in the Minneapolis area in 2007-8. The group included:
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Khalid Mohamud Abshir, also known as Abdul or Abdullah, was born in 1983 and worked at a car-rental company in Minneapolis. Khalid Mohamud Abshir Allegedly left for Somalia in 12/2007, shortly after Kamal Said Hassan. He was indicted in 08/2009 on terror-related charges.

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Ahmed Ali Omar, also known as Mustafa, was born in 1983. He left for Somalia in late 12/2007 with the first wave of would-be fighters from Minnesota. Ahmed Ali Omar Graduated from Edison High School in Minneapolis in 2004. Reached by phone, he told MPR News in 07/2009 that no one had any proof he was fighting, but would not say why he was in Somalia. He was indicted in 08/2009 on terror-related charges. Authorities alleged he and Khalid Mohamud Abshir helped persuade four other Minneapolis men to fight in Somalia from September to December 2007.

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Zakaria Maruf (1) also known as Abu Muslim, was born in 1989 and graduated from Edison High School in Minneapolis. According to his friends he was in a Somali street gang in the 1990s but left the group several years ago after he became religious. Zakaria Maruf left for Somalia in early 2008. He told a Somali radio station in early 2009 that none of the missing men were coerced. Zakaria Maruf was killed on 07/11/2009 in Mogadishu.  He was indicted in 08/2009 on terror-related charges, a month after his reported death,
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Mustafa Ali Salat (2) who was born in 1990 and was a resident of St. Paul, Minnesota. He attended Harding High School in St. Paul. Mustafa Ali Salat allegedly left for Somalia in 08/2008. He was indicted, in 08/2009, with terror-related charges.
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Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan (3), also known as Miski, wa born in 1991. He left Minneapolis for Somalia in 08/2008. Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan had one year left before graduating from Roosevelt High School.  His mother, in an interview, said she does not believe he is fighting. He told his family that he got married in Somalia. A mosque volunteer said Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan and another friend ( probably Mustafa Ali Salat) tried to buy plane tickets to Africa a few months before they departed, but she was able to thwart those early plans. He was indicted in 08/2009 on terror-related charges.
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* Shirwa Ahmed, 27, who blew himself up in Mogadishu, Somalia, on 10/29/2008. The FBI called Shirwa Ahmed the first USA citizen to carry out a suicide bombing and FBI Director Mueller said he was “radicalized in his hometown in Minnesota.”
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Burhan Hassan (4), born in 1991, who left his home in 11/2008. He called his family in Minnesota from Somalia in early 12/2008.  Authorities say young men have also disappeared in Boston, Massachusetts; Portland, Maine; and Columbus, Ohio. Burhan Hassan was Killed 0n 06/05/2009 in Mogadishu.

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Mohamoud Hassan (5), an engineering student at the University of Minnesota. He allegedly left for Somalia in 11/2008, probably with Burhan Hassan, Abdisalam ali, 19, a University of Minnesota student and other Minnesota-Suspects. Classmates voted him ‘most friendly’ out of the graduating seniors at Roosevelt High School in 2006. Mohamoud Hassan Reportedly killed in Mogadishu on 09/04/2009.
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Jamal Bana (6), born in 1989, studied engineering at Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Normandale College. He allegedly left for Somalia in 11/2008. Family members learned, on 07/11/2009, Jamal Bana was killed in Mogadishu.

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Troy Kastigar (7), a Muslim convert, was born in 1980, from Minneapolis. He left for Somalia in 11/2008. His family received information during the second week of September 2009 that he had died, according to family friends  .
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Therefore Federal authorities are looking to bring terror-related charges against one or more Somali-Americans from the Minneapolis area, and witnesses to the case have been subpoenaed to testify before a federal Grand Jury, according to a Muslim leader in the area and a woman who said she testified before the Grand Jury, on 03/10/2009 morning. The woman told Fox News she knew four of the Minneapolis-area men who went missing late last year, but she said they were only “acquaintances” whom she knew from growing up in the area.
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The FBI has interviewed at least 50 people in the Somali community and subpoenaed at least 10 people to testify before a Grand Jury in Minneapolis, according to Farhan Hurre, the director of the Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center in St. Paul, one of the largest mosques in Minneapolis. He said most of those subpoenaed are students at the University of Minnesota…

Farhan Hurre said he was told a case has been opened against at least one unidentified person. He said authorities are now “trying to bring the pieces together of whats going on here” in Minneapolis. Specifically, he said investigators are trying to determine who organized the missing group of men, who financed them and how were they recruited.
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The Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center has received some unwanted attention, including threatening e-mails and phone calls, after it was revealed that Shirwa Ahmed and some of the other missing men had ties to the mosque. In a statement posted online, the mosque said suggestions that it had any role in the disappearance of the Somali men are “unfair” and untrue.

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Last month the mosque invited the FBI to meet with community and religious leaders to discuss the missing men and other issues affecting the Somali-American community in Minnesota.

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At a forum in Washington in mid 10/2009, FBI Director Robert Mueller said the trend of young men “radicalized and recruited” in the United States to take up arms overseas “in particular concerns us…It raises the question of whether these young men will one day come home, and, if so, what they might undertake here,” he said (see als0 – Shabab-US Recruits ).
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The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security is looking at Somalia-based terrorist groups, particularly the Al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab, and their efforts to recruit inside the United States  (see also -Shabab US Funding ).

 

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