Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Minn. Somali Community Reacts To Kenyan Mall Attack

Via Michael

Two days after Al-Shabaab militants stormed and unleashed chaos in a shopping center in Nairobi, Kenya, the group has released the names of the people responsible.

On Twitter Sunday, Al-Shabaab said some of the militants are from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

The Al-Shabaab Twitter account has since been suspended, but this is a terror group Minnesotans have become familiar with.

For local Somali community leaders, the chaos in Nairobi is a reminder of the dangers of Al-Shabaab being able to recruit young Somali-Americans for their attacks.

“It’s very sad those kids are getting caught in the middle of this,” said Omar Jamal, who works for the United Nations. “If anything, it shows Al-Shabaab is as deadly and dangerous as it can ever be.”

A leader within the Somali community told WCCO two of the attackers are from the Twin Cities, but he has not yet spoken with their families.

Al-Shabaab has a history of recruiting young Somali-Americans from the Twin Cities. The FBI says several dozen have been lured to terror training camps overseas.

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