5th Minn. Somali killed in Somalia

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A fifth Somali man from Minnesota has been killed in his homeland.

Mohamoud Hassan, 23, was killed last week, a family member told the Star Tribune. Hassan had been an engineering student at the University of Minnesota. He is believed to be one of about 20 men who returned to their homeland to fight with Al-Shabaab, which the U.S. government considers a terrorist organization. The FBI has been investigating the disappearances of Somali men from the Twin Cities, and several have pled guilty to terrorism-related charges.

Here's more from the Strib:

Hassan was part of a second wave of Somali-Americans from the Twin Cities to return to Somalia to fight in the country's civil war. Several of the men who have pleaded guilty to terror-related charges left months earlier, and have told investigators that they initially were motivated to return to fight Ethiopians who had invaded their homeland.

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