So much for the Scandinavian identity and Lake Wobegon days.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal authorities said they are trying to confirm the identity of a suicide bomber who carried out a deadly attack in Somalia after a militant group claimed Thursday that the man was a Somali-American from Minnesota.
The group al-Shabab said 25-year-old Abdullahi Ahmed of Minneapolis bombed the African Union base in Mogadishu on Monday, killing two AU troops and a government soldier. Minnesota, home to the largest Somali community in the U.S., has been the center of a federal investigation in recent years into the recruiting and travels of young men who left the U.S. believed to have gone to fight with al-Shabab.
The FBI is aware of the bombing and has agents in East Africa investigating, and the agency is trying to determine the bomber's identity, said Steve Warfield, an FBI spokesman in Minnesota.
"We are trying to find out who that guy is and if there are any ties to Minnesota, but right now we don't know," Warfield said.
The Associated Press: FBI trying to confirm ID of Somalia suicide bomber