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The making of a Minnesota suicide bomber

We have written several times about Shirwa Ahmed, the Somali immigrant to Minnesota who returned to Somalia to wage jihad. On a mission from Minneapolis, Shirwa Ahmed killed 29 people in a suicide bombing in northern Somalia last October. Our posts on Ahmed are collected here.

Because it is feared that Ahmed’s case may be representative of those of other Somali immigrants who have disappeared from the Twin Cities to receive training in jihad in Somalia, it has created concerns among law enforcement int the Twin Cities. Indeed, Ahmed’s case has given rise to a federal investigation and related grand jury proceedings.

Last week the Minneapolis Star Tribune produced a useful profile of Ahmed in “The making of a Minnesota suicide bomber.” The Star Tribune characterizes the investigation arising from Ahmed’s death “one of the most far-reaching U.S. counterterrorism investigations since 9/11.”

Thanks to Hugh Hewitt for inviting me on his show before his Three Tenors appearance in Minneapolis tonight and asking me about Ahmed’s case.

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