Third Muslim Radicalization Hearing Focuses on Somalia Group

Rep. Peter King's third hearing on Muslim radicalization will focus on al-Qaida's Somalia branch. An investigation led by the New York Republican found more than 40 Americans were recruited by the terrorist group al-Shabab, including Shirwa Ahmed, a 27-year-old suicide bomber from Minneapolis who killed 29 people in 2008. The controversial hearings have been criticized for singling out Muslim-Americans rather than all types of extremism since they began in March. Altaf Husain, a board member of the Islamic Society of North America, said in a editorial he feared Wednesday's hearing would antagonize Somali-Americans. "King should focus on the thousands of young Somali Americans who have rejected calls to radicalism," he wrote.

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