• Feds: Leader of Radical Islam Group Killed in Raid

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    BY BEN SCHMITT, NIRAJ WARIKOO AND ROBIN ERB
    FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS

    The leader of a local mosque who authorities also are calling the head of an Islamic fundamentalist group was killed in a shootout with federal agents this afternoon during a series of raids that resulted in charges against a dozen men.

    Luqman Ameen Abdullah, 53, leader of the Masjid Al-Haqq mosque in Detroit, is accused in a federal complaint of heading a Sunni Muslim group with a mission of establishing a separate Islamic nation within the United States.

     
     

    Abdullah, also known as Christopher Thomas, was gunned down after firing on officers as the FBI raided a Dearborn warehouse, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. An FBI canine also was fatally shot. Raids also were conducted in Detroit.

    “The eleven defendants are members of a group that is alleged to have engaged in violent activity over a period of many years and known to be armed,” a joint statement from the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

    A 12th man was arrested late Wednesday in connection with the investigation. Three of the men charged were at large Wednesday night.

    Abdullah and the others were charged with conspiracy to commit several federal felony crimes, including illegal possession and sale of firearms and theft from interstate shipments.

    Abdullah spoke of attacking Super Bowl XL

    Abdullah believed he and his followers were soldiers at war against the government and non-Muslims.

    “Abdullah told his followers it is their duty to oppose the FBI and the government and it does not matter if they die,” FBI agent Gary Leone said in an affidavit unsealed today. “He also told the group that they need to plan to do something.”

    Abdullah, 53, of Detroit stayed true to his word as armed FBI agents raided a Dearborn warehouse at Michigan Avenue and Miller. Authorities said he refused to surrender, opened fire and then died in a shootout in which an FBI dog also was killed.

    Agents also raided two Detroit homes in the 4400 block of Tireman and the 9200 block of Genessee. The affidavits and returns for those warrants were sealed today.

     

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI in Detroit unsealed a 43-page document describing a sinister, radical fundamentalist group headed by Abdullah. The document notes conversations he had with undercover agents and federal informants that ranged from talking about attacking Super Bowl XL in Detroit to blowing himself up as a final act of courage.

    “If they are coming to get to me, I’ll just strap a bomb on and blow up everybody,” he said in a March 21, 2008, conversation.

    Federal officials said Abdullah was the leader of a group that calls itself “Ummah, a group of mostly African-American converts to Islam, which seeks to establish a separate Sharia-law governed state within the United States.”

    “The Ummah is ruled by Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown, who is serving a state sentence … for the murder of two police officers in Georgia.” Brown came to prominence in the 1960s as a leader of the Black Panther Party.

    “He regularly preaches antigovernment and antilaw enforcement rhetoric,” Leone said of Abdullah in the affidavit. “Abdullah and his followers have trained regularly in the use of firearms and continue to train in martial arts and sword fighting.”

    Why Abdullah and his followers chose Detroit as their haven remains unknown, Detroit FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold said today.

    Authorities said none of the charges levied today are terrorist-related. Abdullah and 11 suspects were charged with felonies including illegal possession and sale of firearms, mail fraud to obtain the proceeds of arson, theft from interstate shipments and tampering with motor vehicle identification numbers.

    Seven of the suspects appeared today in U.S. District Court, one was in custody and three were still being sought.

    Imad Hamad, senior national adviser and regional director of the Dearborn-based Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, said he received a call from the head of the FBI’s Detroit office mid-day to tell him about the raid.

     

    Hamad said FBI Special Agent Andrew Arena told him that the case was “solely criminal” and had to do with “smuggling and fraud.” He said Arena revealed few details of the investigation, but said it had been ongoing for about two years.

    Hamad said he didn’t know the defendants.

    “Agents were trying to chase some people,” Hamad said Arena told him about the raid. “They were giving instructions to lay down. He resisted. He pulled a gun. They exchanged fire, he was shot down, killed. A dog … was dead as well.”

    The warehouse is near the heavily commercial intersection of Miller and Michigan.

    Dawud Walid, head of the Michigan Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Arena called him as well.

    Walid said he knew Abdullah.

    “I know him as respected imam in the Muslim community,” Walid said.

    At some point after the raids and shootout, the FBI landed a helicopter with the wounded dog at 12:25 p.m. on normally busy John R, just south of 12 Mile Road, “right in front of the hospital,” Madison Heights police said.

    FBI agents then carried the wounded dog into Veterinary Emergency Services at 28223 John R. There were no injuries and no traffic mishaps as a result of the unusual landing, although the police department received so many calls about the landing that Police Chief Kevin Sagan issued a written news release Wednesday explaining what happened.

    Shadi Saad, the owner of Wellcare Pharmacy on Oakman in Dearborn, said he stepped outside before lunchtime to see several people in FBI jackets with guns going toward the warehouse across the street. He heard noises like shots and a short time later a helicopter descended.

    “It was like a movie scene for a minute,” he said. He opened his business, he said, just 10 days ago. “This isn’t the way I wanted it to start.”

     

    The suspects

    The FBI targeted 12 people believed to be engaged in violent crimes over many years. After raids Wednesday, police still are searching for three of them.

    Killed

    Luqman Ameen Abdullah (a.k.a. Christopher Thomas), 53, of Detroit. Was shot and killed during the raids. He had been charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes, sale or receipt of stolen goods transported in interstate commerce, providing firearms or ammunition to a person known to be a convicted felon, possession of body armor by a person convicted of a violent felony and altering or removing motor vehicle identification numbers.

    In court

    Mohammad Abdul Salaam (a.k.a. Gregory Stone), 45, of Detroit. Charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes and sale or receipt of stolen goods transported in interstate commerce.

    Abdullah Beard (a.k.a. Detric Lamont Driver), 37, of Detroit. Charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes.

    Abdul Saboor (a.k.a. Dwayne Edward Davis), 37, of Detroit. Charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes.

    Adam Ibraheem, 38, of Detroit. Charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes.

    Gary Laverne Porter (a.k.a. Mujahid LNU), 59, of Detroit. Charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes and possession of firearms or ammunition by a convicted felon.

    Ali Abdul Raqib, 57, of Detroit. Charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes.

    Mohammad Abdul Bassir (a.k.a. Franklin D. Roosevelt Williams), 50, of Ojibway Correctional Facility. Charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes, sale or receipt of stolen goods transported in interstate commerce, mail fraud, providing firearms or ammunition to a person known to be a convicted felon, possession of firearms or ammunition by a convicted felon and altering or removing motor vehicle identification numbers.

    A.C. Pusha, charged with receiving and selling stolen goods transported in interstate commerce.

    At large

    Mujahid Carswell (a.k.a. Mujahid Abdullah), 30, of Detroit and Ontario. Charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes.

    Mohammad Alsahi (a.k.a. Mohammad Palestine), 33, of Ontario. Charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes.

    Yassir Ali Khan, 30, of Ontario and Warren. Charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes.

    Source: FBI documents

     

    BY BEN SCHMITT, NIRAJ WARIKOO AND ROBIN ERB
    FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS

    The leader of a local mosque who authorities also are calling the head of an Islamic fundamentalist group was killed in a shootout with federal agents this afternoon during a series of raids that resulted in charges against a dozen men.

    Luqman Ameen Abdullah, 53, leader of the Masjid Al-Haqq mosque in Detroit, is accused in a federal complaint of heading a Sunni Muslim group with a mission of establishing a separate Islamic nation within the United States.

     
     

    Abdullah, also known as Christopher Thomas, was gunned down after firing on officers as the FBI raided a Dearborn warehouse, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. An FBI canine also was fatally shot. Raids also were conducted in Detroit.

    “The eleven defendants are members of a group that is alleged to have engaged in violent activity over a period of many years and known to be armed,” a joint statement from the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

    A 12th man was arrested late Wednesday in connection with the investigation. Three of the men charged were at large Wednesday night.

    Abdullah and the others were charged with conspiracy to commit several federal felony crimes, including illegal possession and sale of firearms and theft from interstate shipments.

    Abdullah spoke of attacking Super Bowl XL

    Abdullah believed he and his followers were soldiers at war against the government and non-Muslims.

    “Abdullah told his followers it is their duty to oppose the FBI and the government and it does not matter if they die,” FBI agent Gary Leone said in an affidavit unsealed today. “He also told the group that they need to plan to do something.”

    Abdullah, 53, of Detroit stayed true to his word as armed FBI agents raided a Dearborn warehouse at Michigan Avenue and Miller. Authorities said he refused to surrender, opened fire and then died in a shootout in which an FBI dog also was killed.

    Agents also raided two Detroit homes in the 4400 block of Tireman and the 9200 block of Genessee. The affidavits and returns for those warrants were sealed today.

     

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI in Detroit unsealed a 43-page document describing a sinister, radical fundamentalist group headed by Abdullah. The document notes conversations he had with undercover agents and federal informants that ranged from talking about attacking Super Bowl XL in Detroit to blowing himself up as a final act of courage.

    “If they are coming to get to me, I’ll just strap a bomb on and blow up everybody,” he said in a March 21, 2008, conversation.

    Federal officials said Abdullah was the leader of a group that calls itself “Ummah, a group of mostly African-American converts to Islam, which seeks to establish a separate Sharia-law governed state within the United States.”

    “The Ummah is ruled by Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown, who is serving a state sentence … for the murder of two police officers in Georgia.” Brown came to prominence in the 1960s as a leader of the Black Panther Party.

    “He regularly preaches antigovernment and antilaw enforcement rhetoric,” Leone said of Abdullah in the affidavit. “Abdullah and his followers have trained regularly in the use of firearms and continue to train in martial arts and sword fighting.”

    Why Abdullah and his followers chose Detroit as their haven remains unknown, Detroit FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold said today.

    Authorities said none of the charges levied today are terrorist-related. Abdullah and 11 suspects were charged with felonies including illegal possession and sale of firearms, mail fraud to obtain the proceeds of arson, theft from interstate shipments and tampering with motor vehicle identification numbers.

    Seven of the suspects appeared today in U.S. District Court, one was in custody and three were still being sought.

    Imad Hamad, senior national adviser and regional director of the Dearborn-based Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, said he received a call from the head of the FBI’s Detroit office mid-day to tell him about the raid.

     

    Hamad said FBI Special Agent Andrew Arena told him that the case was “solely criminal” and had to do with “smuggling and fraud.” He said Arena revealed few details of the investigation, but said it had been ongoing for about two years.

    Hamad said he didn’t know the defendants.

    “Agents were trying to chase some people,” Hamad said Arena told him about the raid. “They were giving instructions to lay down. He resisted. He pulled a gun. They exchanged fire, he was shot down, killed. A dog … was dead as well.”

    The warehouse is near the heavily commercial intersection of Miller and Michigan.

    Dawud Walid, head of the Michigan Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Arena called him as well.

    Walid said he knew Abdullah.

    “I know him as respected imam in the Muslim community,” Walid said.

    At some point after the raids and shootout, the FBI landed a helicopter with the wounded dog at 12:25 p.m. on normally busy John R, just south of 12 Mile Road, “right in front of the hospital,” Madison Heights police said.

    FBI agents then carried the wounded dog into Veterinary Emergency Services at 28223 John R. There were no injuries and no traffic mishaps as a result of the unusual landing, although the police department received so many calls about the landing that Police Chief Kevin Sagan issued a written news release Wednesday explaining what happened.

    Shadi Saad, the owner of Wellcare Pharmacy on Oakman in Dearborn, said he stepped outside before lunchtime to see several people in FBI jackets with guns going toward the warehouse across the street. He heard noises like shots and a short time later a helicopter descended.

    “It was like a movie scene for a minute,” he said. He opened his business, he said, just 10 days ago. “This isn’t the way I wanted it to start.”

     

    The suspects

    The FBI targeted 12 people believed to be engaged in violent crimes over many years. After raids Wednesday, police still are searching for three of them.

    Killed

    Luqman Ameen Abdullah (a.k.a. Christopher Thomas), 53, of Detroit. Was shot and killed during the raids. He had been charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes, sale or receipt of stolen goods transported in interstate commerce, providing firearms or ammunition to a person known to be a convicted felon, possession of body armor by a person convicted of a violent felony and altering or removing motor vehicle identification numbers.

    In court

    Mohammad Abdul Salaam (a.k.a. Gregory Stone), 45, of Detroit. Charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes and sale or receipt of stolen goods transported in interstate commerce.

    Abdullah Beard (a.k.a. Detric Lamont Driver), 37, of Detroit. Charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes.

    Abdul Saboor (a.k.a. Dwayne Edward Davis), 37, of Detroit. Charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes.

    Adam Ibraheem, 38, of Detroit. Charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes.

    Gary Laverne Porter (a.k.a. Mujahid LNU), 59, of Detroit. Charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes and possession of firearms or ammunition by a convicted felon.

    Ali Abdul Raqib, 57, of Detroit. Charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes.

    Mohammad Abdul Bassir (a.k.a. Franklin D. Roosevelt Williams), 50, of Ojibway Correctional Facility. Charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes, sale or receipt of stolen goods transported in interstate commerce, mail fraud, providing firearms or ammunition to a person known to be a convicted felon, possession of firearms or ammunition by a convicted felon and altering or removing motor vehicle identification numbers.

    A.C. Pusha, charged with receiving and selling stolen goods transported in interstate commerce.

    At large

    Mujahid Carswell (a.k.a. Mujahid Abdullah), 30, of Detroit and Ontario. Charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes.

    Mohammad Alsahi (a.k.a. Mohammad Palestine), 33, of Ontario. Charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes.

    Yassir Ali Khan, 30, of Ontario and Warren. Charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes.

    Source: FBI documents

     

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