Shabaab claims American carried out suicide attack


Shabaab, the al Qaeda-linked terror group that is fighting the Somali government and African Union peacekeepers, claimed that an American named Abdullahi Ahmed carried out the May 30 suicide attack at a military base in Mogadishu. The FBI is investigating the claim. From The Associated Press:

Federal authorities said they are trying to confirm the identity of a suicide bomber who carried out a deadly attack in Somalia after a militant group claimed Thursday that the man was a Somali-American from Minnesota.

The group al-Shabab said 25-year-old Abdullahi Ahmed of Minneapolis bombed the African Union base in Mogadishu on Monday, killing two AU troops and a government soldier. Minnesota, home to largest Somali community in the U.S., has been the center of a federal investigation in recent years into the recruiting and travels of young men who left the U.S. to possibly fight with al-Shabab.

The FBI is aware of the bombing and has agents in East Africa investigating, and the agency is trying to determine the bomber’s identity, said Steve Warfield, an FBI spokesman in Minnesota.

“We are trying to find out who that guy is and if there are any ties to Minnesota, but right now we don’t know,” Warfield said.

If Abdullahi Ahmed was indeed an American and did carry out the attack, he would be the eighth American citizen to have executed a suicide bombing in Somalia, according to a count by The Long War Journal. The last American suicide bomber, a Somali-American from Seattle, killed 21 people, including Major General Juvenal Niyoyunguruza, the commander of Burundian forces in Somalia and the deputy commander for AMISOM, in an attack on a headquarters in Mogadishu in September 2009. General Nathan Mugisha, the AMISOM commander, was lightly wounded.

Omar Hammami, a top Shabaab military commander and recruiter, is an American citizen. He recently spoke at a rally in Afgoye, just south of Mogadishu, where he and the top Shabaab leaders eulogized slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Hammami has released several rap-nasheeds that target potential recruits in the West.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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  • ieatpork says:

    My heart goes out to the patriots that lost their lives, and the families that bear the burden of their losses.
    I am ashamed that the perpetrator of this crime shared American soil.
    But I am consoled in the fact that he no longer breathes, and rots in hell with his “brothers”.

  • kp says:

    On the other hand … 8 down … how many to go?

    The upside is Al Shaabab sees these guys as more useful in blowing themselves up in Somalia than trying to return them to the USA for “external operations” (given their IDs are well known). That said I do feel for the AU troops: don’t trust any Somali that speaks English well.

  • Paul D says:

    Jihad or Job?
    The lazy choose Jihad!
    Gives them a purpose in life.

  • Goatweed says:

    How difficult is it to take away citizenship from these people?

  • kp says:

    “How difficult is it to take away citizenship from these people?”

    Very difficult. You have to prove they lied in their applications for citizenship. That’s the only basis for denaturalization. Otherwise once granted citizenship it doesn’t go away unlike say, US residency which can be withdrawn after the person is found guilty of a felony.

    The Immigration and Naturalization Service has authority to institute either administrative or judicial proceedings to denaturalize citizens whose criminal convictions disqualified them from citizenship as a matter of law. Whether the proceedings are administrative or judicial, the INS must establish the allegations in its complaint by clear, unequivocal, and convincing evidence.

    The INS has no authority to seek denaturalization if the INS examiner had discretion to find that an applicant was of good moral character, and in fact did exercise that discretion so as to find that the applicant was of good moral character, unless the INS establishes in its complaint by clear,unequivocal, and convincing evidence either that the applicant gave false testimony with the intention of obtaining an immigration benefit or that the examiner’s decision resulted from the applicant’s willful misrepresentation or concealment of a material fact.

    The INS may seek denaturalization if the applicant made a false oral statement under oath (regardless of whether the testimony is material) with the subjective intent of obtaining immigration benefits. Alternatively, the INS may seek denaturalization if the applicant procured naturalization by concealment or willful misrepresentation of a material fact. In either case, the INS must prove its complaint by clear, unequivocal, and convincing evidence.

  • AW1 says:

    He wasn’t an American he was a infidel Somali muslim that transited thru America. His parents left that forsaken country and brought him to the promised land but he couldn’t cope, went back, and now doesn’t exist. When do the locals run out of the suicide attack fodder like this?


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