December 09, 2009

Breaking: FBI investigating 5 "missing" Muslim students from DC --UPDATED--

From Fox News:

The FBI is searching for five "missing students" from the Washington, D.C., area who may have gone overseas, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Families of the missing men "raised concerns" with the FBI, which has launched an investigation into the matter, the source said.

The source said agents from the FBI's Washington field office have been interviewing family members, friends and others who may know where the five students went, and how they got there.

"It's a concern," the source said of the missing men.

It is believed the men are Muslim. Asked whether the men may have gone overseas to join a terrorist group, the source didn't answer.

The FBI in Minneapolis has been grappling with a possibly similar situation for more than a year.

Since late 2007 nearly 20 young men from the Minneapolis area have left their homes to join an Al Qaeda-linked group in Somalia. Like the latest situation in the nation's capital, the Minnesota men's families were the first to bring the issue to authorities' attention.

The FBI investigation in Minneapolis has resulted in several indictments and terrorism-related charges, but many of those charged are still overseas.

UPDATE: The Investigative Project on Terrorism has more:

Federal investigators are searching for a Howard University dental student and four other missing Muslim men reported missing from the Washington, D.C. area, the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) has learned. There is concern they may have been sent abroad to train for jihad. The five were last seen November 29.

The identities of two of the missing men, Howard student Ramy Zamzam and Waqar Khan, have been mentioned in online postings, including a Facebook page that was set up Monday for friends to offer their support. Some of those pages, however, appear restricted to friends and associates.

It is not clear where the men are believed to have gone, but an informed source told the IPT that at least one left behind a farewell video.

According to the Facebook and Twitter postings, Zamzam is among the missing. He has been active in the Muslim Students Association, serving as president of the MSA DC Council. A Howard University spokeswoman has not responded to questions from the IPT.

A Muslim Student Association president. Hmmm...where have I heard that before? Oh, that's right, Alabama jihadist Abu Monsour Al-Amriki (aka Omar Hammimi), who was MSA president at the University of South Alabama and is now an active trainer with the Somali branch of Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab. And lets not forget Syed Maaz Shah, who was convicted of participating in firearms training sessions with members of the "Houston Taliban", who was also the president of the Univ. of Texas-Dallas MSA.

By Barbarossa at 12:01 AM | Comments |