“Missing children” go to Somalia to fight the jihad
Missing child or Satan’s spawn?
* Weeping relatives call them “good children who went to school and attended Abubakar As-Saddique mosque”- of course the mosque has nothing to do with teaching jihad, etc, etc….
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) â€” Three Somali families tell similar stories: A son or nephew disappears. A passport is gone. Days later the phone rings, and the teen says he’s in Somalia.
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FBI helps bring remains of Somali suicide bomber back to US; given Muslim burial
If the story of how an Islamic group denied Islamic burial to the Mumbai bombers last Monday was so important, why isn’t this one? If the Mumbai burial story was evidence that at least some Muslims reject the jihad ideology (which itÂ mayindeed have been), isn’t this story evidence that at least some Muslims, right here in the United States, accept it? And shouldn’t that be something to which at least some people are paying attention?
When the Muslim Jama Masjid Trust refused the Mumbai jihadists an Islamic burial, it made the news everywhere. Muqtedar Khan brought it up to meÂ on the BBCÂ the other day, and in response I pointed out that this gesture would have had much greater significance if not for the fact that Islamic jihad terrorists who have carried out suicide attacks and other attacks against Israel have been treated as heroes and given Islamic burials on numerous occasions.
There is also a question of the sincerity of the Muslim Jama Masjid Trust, for reasons I discussed with a commenter inthis Hot Air thread.
But in any case, willÂ thisÂ story get the same attention from the people who were so heartened by the denial of Muslim burial to the jihadists in India? After all, this is a story about an Islamic jihad-martyrdom bomber being given a Muslim burialÂ in the United StatesÂ — and if that isn’t enough, add in the little fact that the FBI seems to have pitched in (at taxpayer expense?) to bring his remains back into the country.
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“Missing children” on jihad
The phone call is abrupt and short on details. And then, nothing.
Breaking their monthlong silence, relatives of three teenagers said Saturday that they fear their loved ones are victims, brainwashed to return to Somalia to fight. The impoverished nation on the Horn of Africa is caught up in an Islamic insurgency and hasn’t had a functioning government in 17 years.
“We are not sure who is responsible,” said Hussein Samatar, a community leader and uncle to a 17-year-old who traveled to Somalia. “But we, as a community, believe they have to be held accountable.”
Samatar and other relatives confirmed their loved ones left Minneapolis, home to one of the nation’s largest Somali communities, together on Nov. 4. The young men were identified as Burhan Hassan, 17, Mohamoud Hassan, 18, and Abdisalam Ali, 19.
Abdirizak Bihi, a community organizer and also an uncle to the 17-year-old, said that at least three more young men left the same day, and that he knows of about six others who have left and traveled to Somalia over the past two years.
“This issue of missing children has been going on for quite some time,” Bihi said. “We want our children back home.”
One man who disappeared from Minneapolis earlier is believed to have killed himself in an Oct. 29 suicide bombing that also took the lives of more than 20 people in northern Somalia, according to a U.S. law enforcement official. The official, who was not authorized to talk publicly about the case and spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the FBI and Justice Department were investigating.
Another U.S. law enforcement official, also speaking on condition of anonymity for the same reason, said authorities are calling that case one of the first instances of a U.S. citizen acting as a suicide bomber.
Agent E.K. Wilson, an FBI spokesman in Minneapolis, said last week that his office helped return the remains of a U.S. citizen to the city. He said the body was taken from the Oct. 29 bombing but would not confirm whether the remains were that of a suicide bomber or a victim. He would not confirm the name of the deceased.
Wilson has previously said the FBI is “aware that a number of individuals from throughout the U.S., and Minneapolis, have traveled to Somalia to potentially fight for terrorist groups.”
He said Saturday that the agency is working with families and community leaders to address their concerns. He did not confirm or deny the existence of an investigation.
The three families who came forward Saturday said their loved ones were good children who went to school and attended Abubakar As-Saddique mosque.
Mahir Sherif, an attorney for the mosque, said the mosque and its leaders have not recruited anyone to fight in Somalia.
“They did not fund any trips. They didn’t arrange for any meetings with anybody. They didn’t encourage anybody to go there,” he said. “They have done nothing.”
Bihi, one of the organizers of Saturday’s news conference, said the families want the public to know about their children.
Relatives said Burhan Hassan, the 17-year-old, was a senior at Roosevelt High School; 18-year-old Mohamoud Hassan was studying engineering at the University of Minnesota; and 19-year-old Abdisalam Ali was studying health care at the University of Minnesota.
The three teens knew one another and were friends, and Bihi said none of them could have afforded a plane ticket back to Somalia on his own. Each teen contacted his family only once after disappearing, saying he was either in Somalia or in its capital city of Mogadishu. The teens haven’t been heard from since, Bihi said.
Warsame Hassan, a brother-in-law to Burhan Hassan, noted that Somalis have fled their homeland to escape violence and provide their children with a good education.
“We don’t know who is behind this, and we are urging authorities to get to the bottom of this,” Warsame Hassan said.
The Somali population in Minnesota was more than 24,000 in 2006, according to the U.S. Census. Local activists claim the actual number is higher.