Minneapolis mosque reacts to terrorist allegations

Open house
Volunteers with the Abubakar As-Saddique mosque carry a "welcome" sign to the entrance for a community open house a few weeks ago.
MPR Photo/Laura Yuen

A leader of a metro-area mosque is responding to a U.S. Senate committee after testimony yesterday linked two Twin Cities mosques with alleged terrorist recruitment.

Abubakar as-Saddique mosque in Minneapolis and Da'Wah in St. Paul have written a letter to the Committee on Homeland Security and Govermental Affairs.

The executive director of the Minneapolis mosque denies any connection to the disappearance of more than a dozen Somali men believed to have joined the terrorist group al-Shabaab, an Islamist militant group in Somalia.

Committee chairman Sen. Joe Lieberman said yesterday the testimony given by senior counterterrorism officials was "the most graphic and clear evidence we've had thus far of a systematic campaign of recruitment of American youth."

Omar Hurre, director of Abubakar, talked with MPR's Tom Crann.

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