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Terror Attack at Westgate Mall in Kenya: Attention Now on Minneapolis

The terror attack at the Westgate Mall in Kenya happened halfway around the world, but there is now some attention on the city of Minneapolis.
The terror attack at the Westgate Mall in Kenya happened halfway around the world, but there is now some attention on the city of Minneapolis.

Investigators say it's a hot recruiting ground for Al-Shabaab.  In fact, Kenya's Foreign Minister says that 2-3 of the attackers in the mall rampage are Americans.

At the Abubakar Mosque, men bow at mid-day prayer in this Minneapolis neighborhood home to this country's largest Somali American population.

17 year old Burhan Hassan was a straight-A student who wanted to be a doctor, then he disappeared in 2008.

His mother, who at the time didn't want to be identified told CNN she had no idea where he had gone until he called.

"Mom, I'm in Somalia.  Don't worry about me.  I'm okay."

But he wasn't okay.  Hassan was fighting for the terrorist group Al-Shabaab.  Not long after she was told he was dead. 

This weekend's terror rampage in Kenya has many Americans wondering how long until those behind it come to the US.  Omar Jamal, a Somali Diplomat, says Al-Shabaab is already here.

"How many young people do you think have been taken by this community by recruiting?"

Jamal replies, "Approximately 30-40 and that has been the most often asked question and I think nobody can nail down an exact figure."

Even as they sip coffee in middle America, Jamal is sure the terrorists are recruiting nearby.

Hassan's uncle says teens here often raised in single parent homes with no hope, become perfect targets.

"When you have young people, young boys who never seen their dad, who live in this poverty environment, and need badly to find a mal role model and Al-Shabaab groups become that father they never had."

Unless something is done, Omar predicts one day instead of leaving the US to fight for Al-Shabaab, he said they will stay and fight, explaining the logic this way.

"It's just a fraction of a second where should I do that?  Well, I'm in Minneapolis so what the heck? Why not do it here?"
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