[Ppnews] FBI kills leader of radical Muslims; 10 held in raids
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October 28, 2009
FBI kills leader of radical Muslims; 10 held in raids
BY BEN SCHMITT, NIRAJ WARIKOO AND ROBIN ERB
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS
The leader of what federal authorities describe
as a fundamentalist group was shot and killed
today during a series of raids in Dearborn and
Detroit that resulted in 10 arrests.
Luqman Ameen Abdullah, 53, also known as
Christopher Thomas, was gunned down after
refusing to surrender and opening fire when the
FBI raided a Dearborn warehouse, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office.
The eleven defendants are members of a group
that is alleged to have engaged in violent
activity over a period of many years and known to
be armed, according to a joint statement from
the FBI and U.S. Attorneys Office.
An FBI dog was also killed during one of the raids.
Abdullah and 10 others were charged in a
complaint with conspiracy to commit several
federal felony crimes, including illegal
possession and sale of firearms and theft from interstate shipments.
Abdullah was the leader of a group which calls
itself "Ummah, a group of mostly African-American
converts to Islam, which seeks to establish a
separate Sharia-law governed state within the
United States, the press release states.
The Ummah is ruled by Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin,
formerly known as H. Rapp Brown, who is serving a
for the murder of two police officers in Georgia.
The case was worked by the FBI, Detroit Police,
U.S. Attorneys Office and Joint Terrorism Task Force.
The raids took place at at least two locations
today a trucking business in Dearborn and a home in Detroit.
Three of the suspects are expected to appear in
U.S. District Court in Detroit today.
Detroit Police spokesman John Roach and Dearborn
Police Chief Ronald Haddad declined to comment.
Both said the matter was being handled by FBI.
Group aimed to create an Islamic state
The men arrested in the raid were part of a
Detroit mosque where a leader called for an
offensive jihad, according to the criminal complaint.
Eleven Muslim men were charged in the complaint.
One of them is in custody, two are at loose, and
seven appeared today in U.S. District Court, said
the U.S. Attorneys office. Six of those men
appeared on complaints they received or sold good
stolen across interstate lines.
Luqman Abdullah regularly preaches
anti-government and anti-law enforcement rhetoric, the complaint said.
The complaint says that Abdullah is a highly
placed leader of a nationwide radical
fundamentalist Sunni group consisting primarily
of African-Americans, some of whom converted to
Islam while they were serving sentences in
various prisons across the United States. Their
primary mission is to establish a separate,
sovereign Islamic state (The Ummah) within the
borders of the United States, governed by Shariah law.
'It was like a movie scene for a minute'
Shadi Saad, the owner of Wellcare Pharmacy on
Oakman in Dearborn, said he stepped outside
before lunchtime to see several people in FBI
jackets with guns going toward the warehouse
across the street. He heard noises like shots and
a short time later a helicopter descended.
It was like a movie scene for a minute, he
said. He opened his business, he said, just 10
days ago. This isnt the way I wanted it to start.
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San Francisco, CA 94110
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