Jurors in Minneapolis watched excerpts from Al-Shabab recruiting videos that included some of the Minnesota men who returned to Somalia to help rout Ethiopian troops from their homeland. The video “Ambush at Bardale” was made July 15, 2008, when several of the Minnesotans participated in a gun battle. The clip features Omar Hammami, an Alabama man known as “abu Mansour Al Amriki” or “Farouk,” who served as the spokesman for Al-Shabab and is wanted on terrorism charges. To see the full video, click here.
At the 29 minute mark of this video are the following three Minnesotans: Kamal Said Hassan, who testified Wednesday for the government; Ahmed Ali Omar, who remains a fugitive, and Dahir Mohamed Gure, who’s believed to have been killed in Somalia. “We are here to live the life of mujahedeen,” Omar says, using the term for holy warriors. “We’re calling all brothers oversees, all the shabab [youth] wherever they are to come to live the life of a mujahedeen.”
A number of missing Minnesota men helped build the camp in southern Somalia and trained there. One has a speaking role on the video: Kamal Said Hassan, of Plymouth, who testified for the government Thursday in the trial of Mahamud Said Omar, 46, of Minneapolis, on charges related to terrorism.