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FBI Investigates Possible American Suicide Bomber in Somalia

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- The FBI field office in Minneapolis, Minn., is investigating a claim posted on an Al Shabaab Web forum that a man from that city was a suicide bomber who detonated himself in a blast Monday that killed two African Union soldiers.

FBI agents and analysts are attempting to corroborate reports on jihadist websites with what has been recovered from the bombing site. It is unclear if or when the bureau will get any remains for DNA analysis or possible fingerprints.

If this case is confirmed it would be the third incident in which an American has become a suicide bomber in Somalia.
An FBI spokesman in Minneapolis said, “We are aware of the incident and trying to determine the accuracy of the reporting.”
On Thursday afternoon, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said she could not confirm the incident but said, “It’s consistent with something we have been raising for months…which is a growth of Americans or U.S. persons who have become radicalized…it can be homegrown extremists…it can be U.S. persons from the Somali community…that is a a fundamental change in how we have seen terrorism, how we saw it at the beginning or…the time since we saw it at the attacks of 9/11.”
The name being cited as the bomber is Abdullahi Ahmed. That name is not among the missing youths from Minneapolis who were part of an FBI alert last year.

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