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FBI Testing Somali Bomber’s DNA, May Match Minnesotan Youth

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The remains of a suicide bomber in Somalia are being tested by the FBI. Some believe the bomber may be one of at least 21 young Somali-American men that in recent years have left Minneapolis to join al-Shabab, the Somali terrorist group, reports the Associated Press.

If tests confirm the deceased to be Abdisalan Hussein Ali, he will be the third Minnesotan to have been involved in a Somali suicide attack. The state is home to the nation’s largest Somali population.

“I don’t understand,” a Minnesota Somali community leader, Nimco Ahmed, told the AP.  “It’s really really painful to actually see one of the kids who has a bright future ahead of them do this. … It’s a loss for our whole society.”

The suicide attack was carried out Saturday against an African Union base in the capital city of Mogadishu, killing 10, including 2 suicide bombers, according to the AP report.

Al-Shabab claimed over the weekend that the attack was carried out by a Somali-American named Abdisalan Taqabalahullaah. Al-Shabab posted a recording online they said was Taqabalahullaa, and Omar Jamal, first secretary of the Somali mission to the United Nations, said friends of Ali identified the recording as Ali’s voice.

Lawyer Claims Oregon Teen Was Entrapped by FBI

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The federal defender for the Oregon teen accused of trying to detonate a fake bomb in an FBI sting, is claiming his client was entrapped by the government, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a Somali-American, pleaded not guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland to charges he tried detonating a van filled with fake explosives at a crowded holiday celebration last Friday in Portland, Ore.

The Los Angeles Times reported that federal defender Stephen R. Sady told the judge the FBI had been “basically grooming” Mohamud for months to commit a terrorist act.

He also expressed concern that the FBI’s failed to record agents’ first meeting with Mohamud. Subsequent meetings were recorded.

“In cases involving potential entrapment, it’s the first meeting that matters,” Sady said, according to the paper. “The first meeting was not recorded.”

The paper reported that after the hearing, Sady and Steven Wax, the federal public defender, released a statement saying the FBI’s sting “raises significant concerns about the government manufacturing crime — or entrapment.”

“The affidavit reveals that government agents suggested key actions to this teenager, spent thousands of dollars on him, specified components, drove Mr. Mohamud around, and were instrumental in setting up” the purported bombing attempt, they said, according to the paper.

Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. told reporters on Monday that he was “confident that there is no entrapment here, and no entrapment claim will be found to be successful,” the paper reported.

Holder said undercover FBI agents gave the teen numerous chances “to retreat, to take a different path. He chose at every step to continue.”

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