40 Americans in Somali terror group: US senator

July 28th, 2011 - 9:14 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, July 28 (IANS) US senator Peter King has said over 40 Americans recruited by Somali terror group Al Shabab, have gone to fight in Somalia, and could return to attack US homeland, Xinhua reported.

King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, made the statement at a hearing he conducted on radicalisation.

The lawmaker said Al Shabab is linked with Al Qaeda, and “they’re training together, working together and the threat is that they would be coming back to attack the United States,” said King.

He also said at least 15 Americans and three Canadians are believed to have been killed when fighting in Somalia.

Al Shabab had claimed responsibility for the double suicide bomb attacks in Uganda’s capital Kampala last year.

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