This morning, a building in the Cedar – Riverside area of Minneapolis, Minnesota exploded and caught fire. Over a dozen people were injured, some as they jumped buildings.
This section of Minneapolis is known as “little Mogadishu” because of the large Somali population.
The building where the explosion took place had a Halal market on the first floor and a mosque that teaches sharia law next-door. According to Star-Tribnue, “the apartments are all occupied by single men.”
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Tonight, suicide bombers killed at least 11 in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. The group behind the attack is Al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda cell. They were responsible for last years Westgate mall attack in Kenya.
Because the cause of this morning’s explosion Minneapolis is not yet known so it is pure conjecture to say that there is a connection between the explosion in the terror event half a world away.. However, there is a clear connection between Minnesota and the group behind the Mogadishu car bombings.
Three Minnesota man who went to Somalia to martyr themselves for Al Qaeda were featured in a recruitment film last year.
Minnesota public radio has a long piece discussing the Minnesota to Mogadishu pipeline.