DETROIT: A leader of a radical US Sunni Islam group killed in a shootout with federal agents near Detroit repeatedly told followers that the government was the enemy and they must be willing to take on the FBI even if it meant death,authorities said.
You cannot have a non-violent revolution, Luqman Ameen Abdullah said,according to a 2008 conversation secretly recorded by a confidential FBI source.
Abdullah,53,was killed on Wednesday at a warehouse in Dearborn,where agents were attempting to arrest him on charges that included conspiracy to sell stolen goods and illegal possession and sale of firearms. He was one of 11 people named in a criminal complaint after a two-year investigation. FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold said Abdullah refused to surrender,fired a weapon and was killed by gunfire from agents.
The 43-page complaint described Abdullah as an extremist who believed the FBI bombed New Yorks World Trade Center in 1993 and the Oklahoma City federal building two years later. Neither Abdullah nor his co-defendants were charged with terrorism. But he was advocating and encouraging his followers to commit violent acts against the United States,FBI agent Gary Leone wrote in an affidavit filed with the complaint.
As british couple slept,Somali pirates hijacked yacht
MOGADISHU: A British man kidnapped by Somali pirates while vacationing on a yacht with his wife said in an interview released on Thursday that the sea bandits had crept aboard with guns while he was asleep and demanded money.
Paul Chandler told Britains ITV News that he and his wife were being held aboard a container ship anchored about a mile from the Somali coast. A fisherman told The Associated Press he saw two boats carrying eight pirates and a white couple that had arrived in Ceel Huur village.
They kept asking for money and took everything of value on the boat, Chandler said in the interview,but the satellite phone connection was lost before he could answer how the couple were being treated.
Ceel Huur is just north of a notorious pirate stronghold in the town of Haradhere. Earlier Thursday,the British navy had found the couples empty yacht in international waters.