Young Somalians in Minneapolis Recruited as Suicide Bombers

This disturbing news comes from Pete Williams of NBC:

The FBI is hoping to enlist the parents, especially mothers, of young Somali men who live in Minneapolis, because agents believe the men are being recruited to conduct suicide bomb attacks in Somalia.

Successful recruitment in the U.S. of suicide bombers obviously concerns U.S. officials, even though, for now, there’s no indication that the interest among this group is focused on anything but conducting attacks overseas.

Law enforcement officials say a young man from Minneapolis, Shirwa Ahmed, a naturalized U.S. citizen, returned to Somalia in October and killed himself in a suicide bombing. He had attended high school in Minneapolis after coming to the U.S. 12 years ago.

Investigators believe as many as a dozen young men from the Twin Cities have been recruited to conduct similar attacks in Somalia. An investigation is now underway to find out who is recruiting them.

“There’s clearly a recruiting cell there,” one U.S. official said.

A Homeland Security official said similar initiatives, to enlist community cooperation in countering potential recruitment propaganda, have been undertaken in other U.S. cities.

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