“Some were said to be deeply religious.”
“The Missing: Somali Men Off Twin Cities Streets, Back in Somalia,” by Tom Lyden for MyFoxTwinCities, November 24 (thanks to all sent this in):
MINNEAPOLIS — Young Somali men are vanishing off the streets of the Twin Cities. More than 20 have left in the last few months, and the community fears they”ve gone back to Somalia to fight in a holy war.
They”re known in the Somali community simply at The Missing. More than 20 young Somali men, between the ages of 17 and 22, who have left the Twin Cities in the last few months, without a single word to their families.
The families and community leaders believe the men have gone back to fight in a bloody civil war, in which Al Quiada is a major player.
“They’re concerned, emotional and in shock,” Omar Jamal, of the Somali Justice Center said. “They’re completely grief stricken.
From multiple sources in the Somali community, FOX 9 has learned eight men are believed to have left on August 1, and another ten on November 4….
Then, last week, five families went to the FBI, worries their kids were part of some jihad in Somalia. For their part, the FBI would not confirm or deny whether they have an ongoing investigation….
Some of The Missing are believed to be former gang members, escaping the street violence that’s claimed the life of seven young Somali men this year. Others are in college, and some were said to be deeply religious.
The irony is their families risked everything to escape the violence and religious wars, yet something or someone is luring the young men back….
Hmmm. What could it be?