The Star Tribune of Minneapolis-St.Paul, M.N., reports that a Somali-American from Minneapolis has been arrested by the Dutch authorities for financing efforts to recruit and ship up to 20 other Somali-Americans from the area to their native land to join the al-Shabaab terrorist group.
The group has pledged allegiance Osama Bin Laden and is considered an affiliate of Al-Qaeda.
The man’s identity has not been released but is believed to have left the U.S. in November 2008 and re-settled in the Netherlands one month later. No press accounts gave insight as to where he traveled to in between the two countries.
“I would think that we have seen some information that the leaders would like to undertake operations outside of Somalia,” said FBI Director Robert Mueller this month to the Senate Homeland Security Committee, referring to the Al-Shabaab group.
Several Somali-Americans were indicted in July for recruiting young Somalis in the Minneapolis area.
FoxNews.com reported at the time that the investigation into disappearing Somalis had expanded from Minneapolis and now included Seattle, Columbus, Cincinnati, Boston and San Diego.
At least two Americans have been killed in Somalia after joining the al-Shabaab terrorist group, including the first American suicide bomber.
The president of Somalia’s transitional government, which is fighting al-Shabaab for control of the country, claims that up to 1,100 non-Somalis have joined the terrorist group’s forces.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Somali-American Arrested in Netherlands for Terror Activity
The saga of the Somali-Amercans recruited by al-Shabaab continues. From CAN: