November 13, 2009
American Somali arrested by Dutch authorities identified as Mohamud Said Omar
A Somali man from Minneapolis being held in a Dutch jail on suspicion of bankrolling terrorist activities has been identified by sources in the Twin Cities Somali community as Mohamud Said Omar, 43.
Government officials in Amsterdam and federal authorities in Minneapolis would not confirm the identity of the man being held in the Netherlands. But several sources there and here say Omar, who is known by the nickname "Shariif," is the man in custody.
Dutch authorities said in a statement that U.S. prosecutors suspect the man of bankrolling the purchase of weapons for Islamic extremists and helping other Somalis to travel to Somalia to fight in 2007 and 2008. Special Agent E.K. Wilson of the FBI's Minneapolis office also would not confirm that Omar is the man being held, but acknowledged that the arrest is related to the ongoing counterterrorism investigation that began here when young Somali men began disappearing in 2007.