US homegrown Somali radicals posing most serious terror threat to America: FBI

March 14th, 2009 - 5:46 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar 14 (ANI): The FBI has warned that that the United States is facing its most serious instance of domestic terrorism till now.

A second generation of Somali immigrants are becoming increasingly radicalised and could pose a growing threat to security, according to US officials.

Al Qaeda has radicalized a group of 20 young Somali American men who returned to their war-torn homeland, The Telegraph reported.

The FBI is urgently examining links between the youths, who are all American citizens, and al-Shabaab, an Islamist group fighting in the countrys long-running conflict.

Investigators are concentrating on two mosques, the Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Centre in Minneapolis and the Dawah Institute in the neighbouring city of St Paul, where parents and guardians of the departed youths said their sons attended classes.

But the probe has now spread to Boston, San Diego, Seattle, Columbus, Ohio and Portland, Maine.

US law enforcement agencies are concerned young militants could return to the US to plot terror attacks, following a similar path to the British Pakistanis behind the London bombings in July 7, 2005 who made multiple visits to radical mosques in Pakistan.

The authorities began looking into the radicalisation of Somali youths after 27-year-old Shirwa Ahmed became the first known American suicide bomber in late October.

The FBI suspects the men were radicalised by classes at the Minneapolis and St Paul mosques, and has issued grand jury subpoenas as it attempts to find out who their teachers were, what they were taught and who funded and facilitated their travel. (ANI)

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