Medeshi Thursday, February 26, 2009
'First' American suicide bomber killed 30 after being 'radicalized in his hometown'
WASHINGTON — The United States has reported its first suicide bomber, a naturalized citizen who returned to his native Somalia and blew himself up for an Al Qaida-aligned group.
"A man from Minneapolis became what we believe to be the first U.S. citizen to carry out a terrorist suicide bombing," FBI director Robert Mueller said.
"The attack occurred last October in Somaliland, but it appears that this individual was radicalized in his hometown in Minnesota."
Officials said Shirwa Ahmed became the first U.S. citizen to blow himself up in a suicide strike. They said Ahmed killed as many as 30 people in a suicide car bombing in Somaliland in October 2008. He was returned for burial in the