Minnesota is one of the more nondescript states in the United States. It’s best known by many in the country for being cold, the Mall of America, and being home to people who have accents that sound vaguely Canadian.
However, the state also has a large population of immigrants from Somalia. More than once in local history, these immigrants have attempted to lead attacks, or to join terrorist organizations to work against the United States. Most recently, St. Cloud, Minnesota, a city whose Mayor welcomed Somali immigrants, was threatened in connection to threats to bomb St. Cloud’s city hall, leading to the arrest of a Somali immigrant.
The individual arrested was Somali migrant, Abdalle Ahmed Ege, a 25-year-old. Abdalle Ahmed Ege brought this arrest by saying that he was “bouta bomb this town” on his Facebook account, sometime around 10:13 a.m. Wednesday, April 11.
He further claimed that a bag had been placed near the city hall in St. Cloud, suggesting that this was his doing and that the bomb was inside the bag.
Police responded quickly to the threat, and found a bag near a gas can, positioned outside of St. Cloud city hall.
Police found no explosives in the bag, but did find that the contents of the bag belonged to Abdalle Ahmed Ege.
Police took Ege into custody after the finding the bag and being notified of the posts made on his social media account.
According to police and the Stearns County criminal complaint against him, Abdalle Ahmed Ege admitted that he not only made the Facebook threats, but also that he put his own bag outside St. Cloud city hall.
He also said that there were no explosives in his bag.
Further, according to the Stearns County criminal complaint, he said that the reason he made the threat was because he was being ‘radicalized’ and was hoping to attract attention from the FBI.
For his trouble, Abdalle Ahmed Ege was charged with two counts of making terroristic threats, and police are holding him at the Stearns County Jail on bail of $200,000 unconditional release or $75,000 conditional release.
It’s interesting that a Somali immigrant would decide to target the St. Cloud city hall, however. After all, the mayor of the city, Mayor Dave Kleis, has repeatedly made it clear that he is more than happy to import Somali migrants to his city.
Locals have also accused Mayor Kleis of being soft on Somali crime, and even suggested that he did his best to divert attention from crimes committed by Somali migrants in the city of 65,000 people.
Perhaps the most disturbing information pertaining to the case is where the police found Abdalle after he made his threat.
St. Cloud police found Abdalle Ahmed Ege on the local college campus. To be specific, they found him at the St. Cloud University campus, at the 110 Atwood Center.
Abdalle Ahmed Ege is NOT enrolled as a student at St. Cloud University. He has no business on the campus, and no reason to be there. For a man who spent his day making terroristic threats about a bombing and even placed a bag at a local government building, it’s a strange choice for him to go to a local college campus
Minnesota is home to the largest Somali populations and communities in the United States. The state is also home to a number of would-be terrorists and Islamic extremists. At least NINE separate Somali refugees or migrants in the state were convicted of attempting to join ISIS/ISIL in combat in 2016.
Estimates of how many members of Minnesota’s Somali community went to fight for terrorist groups abroad range from a low of 40 to a high of 400.
This is not to say that all immigrants from Somalia are somehow horrible people or terrorists waiting for radicalization. That’s obviously not the case, and there are plenty of people who came to the United States from Somalia with dreams of living in a better land.
However, it doesn’t help when Mayors and local politicians in the United States do the same thing that European politicians do: refuse to talk about real problems in communities out of a sense of political correctness.
The Somali community seems very prone to radicalization, and Abdalle Ahmed Ege seems to be just the latest result of this. Hopefully, something can be done to help the Somali community better assimilate.