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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.

FBI and Uganda Authorities Release Photos of Suspected Suicide Bombers

A suspected suicide bombers

A suspected suicide bomber/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON –– In hopes of learning their identities, the FBI and and Uganda authorities  have released photos of two suspected suicide bombers who helped kill more than 70 people on July 11 in the Uganda capital of Kampala.

The Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab has taken responsibility for the attacks at different places where people had gathered to watch the World Cup soccer matches.

Authorities said photos of two suicide bombers were reconstructed from real photos.

At the request of the Uganda government, the FBI New York Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) deployed a team of agents, analysts, and forensic experts to help in the probe. FBI employees from other parts of the country were also deployed.

2nd suspected suicide bomber/fbi photo

2nd suspected suicide bomber/fbi photo

Major General Kale Kayihura, Inspector General of Uganda police said in a statement:

“This was a horrific event for the people of Uganda and we are dedicated to tracking down those responsible for this heinous crime.

“Terrorist activity must be stopped and the police force will do everything possible to keep our citizens and visitors safe. We thank the U.S. Embassy for arranging for the FBI to travel to Uganda and assist us with our critical investigation. I thank the FBI, the British High Commission, New Scotland Yard, and Interpol among the many others nations and agencies that are assisting us at this time. Our teams are working exceptionally well together in all facets of the investigation.”

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