[Guest post by DRJ]
The FBI conducted a series of raids in Detroit and Dearborn today that resulted in federal charges against 12 members of a fundamentalist Islamic group. The leader of the group was killed in a shoot-out with the FBI:
“Luqman Ameen Abdullah, 53, also known as Christopher Thomas, was gunned down after refusing to surrender and opening fire when the FBI raided a Dearborn warehouse, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“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,” according to a joint statement from the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office.
An FBI dog was also killed during one of the raids.”
The group’s spiritual leader, H. Rap Brown, is a familiar name to older folk like me:
“Abdullah was the leader of a group which 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 press release 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.”
The group reportedly espouses anti-government and anti-law enforcement rhetoric, but the charges involve smuggling and fraud and are not terror-related. A CAIR representative described Abdullah [Luqman Ameen Abdullah, who was killed in the shootout] as a respected imam in the community.