Somali native of Minneapolis arrested by Dutch as alleged terrorist

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After Dutch authorities have held a man in custody for several days, sources in the Twin Cities Somali community say that the man is Muhamud Said Omar, a wanted criminal in the U.S., The Star Tribune said.

The FBI recently confirmed that the arrest is related to an investigation involving 20 men who went missing in 2007. Omar is under suspicion for assisting these men to become fighters in Somalia, Minnesota Public Radio said.

Dutch officials told the Star Tribune Omar petitioned the Netherlands for asylum on Christmas day 2008, and was arrested per the request of the U.S. on Sunday. The U.S. is currently seeking his extradition.

Somali sources said that Omar went by the nickname "Sharrif" and may have lived in the Cedar-Riverside apartment complex where thousands of Somali refugees live, The Star Tribune said.


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