Skip to comments.Radical imam killed in FBI raid in U.S.; Ontario residents sought
Posted on 10/28/2009 5:46:37 PM PDT by fanfan
DETROITA man described as a leader of a radical Sunni Islam group in the U.S. was fatally shot this afternoon while resisting arrest and exchanging gunfire with federal agents, authorities said.
Agents at a warehouse in Dearborn were trying to arrest Luqman Ameen Abdullah, 53, on charges that included conspiracy to sell stolen goods and illegal possession and sale of firearms. Ten followers listed in a criminal complaint were also being rounded up in the area.
Three Mujahid Carswell, 30, Mohammad Alsahi, 33, and Yassir Ali Khan, 30 are Ontario residents, the FBI said in a release.
Abdullah refused to surrender, fired a weapon and was killed by gunfire from agents, FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold said.
In a court filing, the FBI said Abdullah, also known as Christopher Thomas, was an imam of a Black Muslim radical group named Ummah whose primary mission is to establish an Islamic state within the United States.
No one was charged with terrorism. But Abdullah was "advocating and encouraging his followers to commit violent acts against the United States," FBI agent Gary Leone said in an affidavit.
"He regularly preaches anti-government and anti-law enforcement rhetoric," Leone said. "Abdullah and his followers have trained regularly in the use of firearms, and continue to train in martial arts and sword fighting."
Leone said members of the national group mostly are black and some converted to Islam while in prisons across the United States.
"Abdullah preaches that every Muslim should have a weapon, and should not be scared to use their weapon when needed," Leone wrote.
It was not immediately clear how many of the other 10 suspects were in custody.
The group believes that a separate Islamic state in the U.S. would be controlled by Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown, who is serving a life sentence in a federal prison in Colorado for shooting two police officers in Georgia in 2000, Leone said. Al-Amin, a veteran of the black power movement, started the group after he converted to Islam in prison.
"They're not taking their cues from overseas," said Jimmy Jones, a professor of world religions at Manhattanville College and a longtime Muslim prison chaplain. "This group is very much American born and bred."
The movement at one time was believed to include a couple of dozen mosques around the country. Ummah is now dwarfed in numbers and influence by other African-American Muslim groups, particularly the mainstream Sunnis who were led by Imam W.D. Mohammed, who recently died.
By evening, authorities still were working the scene near the Detroit-Dearborn border and the warehouse was surrounded by police tape.
The U.S. attorney's office said an FBI dog was also killed during the shootout.
Abdullah's mosque is in a brick duplex on a quiet, residential street in Detroit. A sign on the door in English and Arabic reads, in part, "There is no God but Allah."
Several men congregated on the porch Wednesday night and subsequently attacked a photographer from The Detroit News who was taking pictures from across the street. Ricardo Thomas had his camera equipment smashed and had a bloody lip from the attack.
Imad Hamad, regional director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Dearborn, said the FBI had briefed him about Wednesday's raids and told him they were the result of a two-year investigation.
"We know that this is not something to be projected as something against Muslims," Hamad said.
Sounds like a good start
“H. Rap Brown”
Wow.....There’s a blast from the past.....
Thanks for the North Of The Border Update....
A bunch of them are missing.
it’s about time something is being done - it’s only going to get worse...
The title is totally off the mark.
I suspect that the Windsor-Detroit border could use a few patriots.
I agree with this, and I think that every US citizen should have the right to use their weapon when confronted with muslims too.
This one turned out great! A good muzzie is a room temp muzzie....
Dear Dirty Moslems,
The humans are coming to get you.
We bring gifts of bacon.
Run and hide. Perhaps your moon god will protect you.
I just cleaned my handgun.
birds of a feather flock together...there’s more.
You stomp on one cock roach, the rest go into hiding.
Terrorism = racist "teabaggers" clinging to their Bibles, Guns and the US Constitution.. (per DHS)
I’m sure that Eugene Robinson will shortly have a column in defense of these poor, oppressed, innocent Black men. How can America be so cruel?
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