Lawmaker: 40 Americans join terrorists in Somalia

2011-07-27 07:01

Washington – The chairperson of the House Homeland Security committee says more than 40 Americans have been recruited and radicalised by al-Qaeda-linked terrorists in Somalia and have gone to the war-torn country to fight.

US counterterrorism officials have not confirmed the high numbers of Americans joining the Somali terror organisation, al-Shabab.

The government has said at least 21 Americans are believed to have travelled to Somalia to join the terror group in what began as a push to expel Ethiopian soldiers.

Al-Shabab has expanded its focus over the years, and it has aligned itself with other anti-Western terror groups.

New York Republican representative Peter King’s findings are based on his committee’s investigation into the threat, which he plans to address today during his third hearing on Muslim radicalisation in the US.

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