A second American has reportedly been killed fighting for the Islamic State in Syria, after the first American known to die fighting for the terrorist group was confirmed earlier this week.
Leaders in a Somali-American community told KMSP-TV that State Department officials notified a Minneapolis family that 29-year-old Abdiraaman Muhumed died in the same battle as Douglas McArthur McCain.
The State Department has not confirmed Muhumed’s death, though spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Thursday the U.S. was ”looking into” it.
In Facebook messages to a Minnesota Public Radio reporter two months ago, Muhumed wrote: “I give up this worldly life for Allah” and “Allah loves those who fight for his cause.”
A picture posted on the social network showed Muhumed carrying a Koran in one hand and a rifle in the other, according to Fox News.
If the reports are true, Muhumed and McCain could be among the nearly 50 men that Abdirizak Bihi — the director of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center — said have answered the call to jihad from the Minneapolis area.
“What was not a mystery was the radicalization, the calls for jihad, was an open game,” Bihi told TheBlaze TV’s For the Record.
Though the names are just surfacing in the Islamic State battles now, Bihi revealed information about the radical recruitment happening in his hometown to For the Record in 2013.
“It would happen all the time at the convention center,” Bihi said. “These imams would call the community and call for jihad in Ethiopia because Ethiopia invaded Somalia … they would ask young people to go fight.”
In another twist, though radicalization was occurring regularly according to Bihi and his neighbors, the U.S. government sued when a small Minneapolis suburb tried to restrict a Muslim group from opening another religious center in their municipality.
The Justice Department filed a complaint in the Minneapolis District Court Wednesday, accusing St. Anthony Village of religious discrimination, after council members voted 4-1 in 2012 to deny a request by the Abu Huraira Islamic Center to create a place of worship in the basement of the St. Anthony Business Center.
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