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Al-Shabaab recruited in US

22 September 2013, 18:54

Washington — A member of the House Homeland Security Committee in the United States says the al-Qaida affiliated group that claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on the Westgate mall recruited up to 50 people from Somali-American communities in the U.S.

Rep. Peter King said between 15 and 20 of the Somali-Americans al-Shabaab recruited remain active.

The New York Republican says the concern is that some may return and "use their abilities on the U.S." King says he assumes the FBI and local law enforcement are looking at Somali-American communities to make sure no follow up attacks are planned for the United States.

King tells ABC's "This Week" he was briefed on the Nairobi attack in which 59 people were killed. He likened the incident to the 2011 terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

- AP


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