Somali suicide bomber from Minneapolis: "Do Jihad in America"

Categories: National, Somalis
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Somalia's civil war claims another Minnesotan.
A suicide bomber who blew himself up in Mogadishu yesterday in an attack that killed 10 had traveled to Somalia from Minneapolis in 2008.

Abdisalan Ali had emigrated to Minnesota with his family when he was 2 years old, but was among 20 local youths who returned to the war-torn land to fight in its civil war back in 2008. He is the fourth American to kill himself in a suicide attack in Somalia.

In a clip posted by an Al-Qaida-linked militant group on Somalimemo.net today, the man alleged to be Ali urges fellow Muslims to conduct attacks in Western countries.

"My brothers and sisters, do Jihad in America, do Jihad in Canada, do Jihad in England, anywhere in Europe, in Asia, in Africa, in China, in Australia," the suicide bomber urges.

Omar Jamal, a spokesman for the Somali community in Minnesota, claimed that several people who knew Ali when he lived here recognized his voice.

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Six of the Somali boys who went missing in 2008.
Later in the tape, Ali mixes American slang into his rambling call to arms.

"Don't just sit around and be a couch potato and just chill all day," Ali stammers. "It will not benefit yourself, or the Muslims."

Ali is not the first Somali suicide bomber with ties to Minnesota. In June, the FBI confirmed that Farah Mohamed Beledi of St. Paul was one of two men who died in a Mogadishu suicide attack.

Beledi was one of 13 Twin Cities men indicted on terrorism charges in July 2010, as part of the ongoing probe into how young Somali men from the cities are being recruited to fight for al-Shabaab.

Additionally, Al-Shabaab claimed that Abdullahi Ahmed, a 25-year-old Minnesotan, blew himself up with a car bomb in Mogadishu.

In 2009, U.S. Special Forces killed Salah Ali Nabhan, who was suspected of being a senior instructor for new al-Shabab recruits, which brought in young Somali-Americans from Minneapolis to join their fight in Somalia.

Here is how Ali was described in a New York Times report about the missing Somali men:
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Abdisalan Ali is one of 20 missing Somali youth from Minnesota.
Abdisalan Ali was only a few months old when his family escaped Somalia in a makeshift wooden boat, seeking refuge at a Kenyan refugee camp, his mother said in an interview. One of 12 children, he arrived in Seattle in 2000 and later settled in northeast Minneapolis. At Edison High School, he sold sneakers from his locker to help support his family. Stocky from lifting weights, he answered to the nickname Bullethead. Mr. Ali was elected president of the Somali Student Association at Edison and later, was a caseworker at the law firm Briggs & Morgan. "He was a highly motivated kid," recalled his former mentor, adding that Mr. Ali "wanted to change lives." With dreams of becoming a doctor, Mr. Ali pursued a pre-med track at the University of Minnesota, majoring in chemical engineering. One night in 2008, after meeting with his mentor to discuss the MCATs, he was wrongly accused of robbing a Subway on campus. The incident left him bruised long after the charges were dropped, friends said. He left for Somalia on Nov. 3, according to a travel itinerary, and has continued to communicate with friends in Minneapolis by phone and on Facebook.

Previous Coverage:

* Al-Shabaab claims Abdullahi Ahmed, of Minnesota, carried out Somalia suicide attack

* Farah Mohamed Beledi confirmed by FBI as Somali suicide bomber

* 60 Minutes probes Somali terror ties in Minnesota



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JonnyBGood
JonnyBGood

Send these people back to Somalia.

StandUpPatriots
StandUpPatriots

Sad that the youth are being enticed to participate in these activities. Something needs to change to help these youth see through the evil ploys.

Saidadoon
Saidadoon

Who ever kills someone or kills him self is going to the (naar) hell fire. There is no way you die in Somalia while you left long time ago as refugee.

StandUpPatriots
StandUpPatriots

Yes, killing is bad but there are times when you have to kill; it's part of life on earth. As long as you have evil people who will kill you and your family or take away your freedom, you will have to kill to protect your life and the life of your loved ones. Protecting freedom is a God-given right and if those rights cannot be protected through negotiations and compromise, then I hate to say it but a fight is necessary.

Max Power
Max Power

A wise man once said; "YES THEY DESERVED TO DIE, & I HOPE THEY BURN IN HELL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

As a veteran and patriot I fully agree with your statement. People better wake up with evil already inside our border. The anarchists shut down the 5th biggest port (Oakland) last night. Obama's minions want to bring our country down. You better stock up on food, water, guns and medical supplies. The next several months are going to suck in America if you are not prepared! God save us all! 

Gewdmanner
Gewdmanner

Lmao @ "Do Jihad in China" -- yeah, they sure look Chinese and would blend in well. The Chinese government, with centuries of xenophobia, will catch them before they can even say cat in a hat.

scuba4fun24
scuba4fun24

The only consolation here is that the idiot will not fight another day.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Jihadists claimed this young man. Religious fanatics, twisting the muslim religion killed this young man. America opened her arms and heart to this young man but we get slapped in the face. Worse it is reported here that this young man wants others to commit war on the USA for the Muslim religion. Maybe we need to close our borders and let others settle their own problems. Just saying!

Eet
Eet

So his family escapes a torn apart country to have a better life and this guy goes back to the torn apart country to further tear it apart.  Good job, moron.

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