Media reports tie suicide bombing in Somalia to Minneapolis man

Media reports say a 22-year-old Minneapolis man is one of two suicide bombers who carried out attacks in Mogadishu. They quote a U.N. official who says friends and family identify the man on an audio tape recorded But MPR finds friends of the missing man who say it does not sound like him. U.S. officials have not yet confirmed the bomber is American.

Militants in Somalia say an American is one of two men who carried out suicide attacks in Mogadishu. News reports say he is a 22-year-old Minneapolis man who disappeared from Minnesota in 2008. He's believed to have left to join the terrorist rebel group al-Shabab and is wanted by the FBI.

The reports are based on word from Omar Jamal, an official with the U.N., who says friends of the man identify him on an audio recording posted on the website The site is often used by al-Shabab to distribute messages.

U.N. officials have not identified the bomber yet. MPR reports other friends of the man say the audio recording does not sound like who Jamal says it is. MPR has previously reported that while Jamal is readily used by media sources, he is considered a controversial and divisive figure among Minnesota Somalis.

If the reports are correct, the bomber would be the third American killed while fighting in Somalia.

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