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Minneapolis mosque invites FBI director to open house

A Minneapolis mosque has scheduled an open house, with prayer and dinner, for Wednesday evening, supposedly in response to rumors that Somali-American youth were leaving the Minneapolis area and returning to Somalia to join militias, the Star Tribune reported.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations-MN has invited FBI Director Robert Mueller to the open house at the Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center, after Mueller said Monday that a Minneapolis man had become the first U.S. citizen to carry out a terrorist suicide bombing, after he was "radicalized in his hometown in Minnesota," the Pioneer Press reported via the Associated Press.

An FBI special agent in Minnesota said that Mueller would not be able to attend the event on such short notice, the Star Tribune reported.

An Abubukar spokesman said Monday that the mosque had nothing to do with the disappearances of several Somali youth from the Minneapolis area, after which the mosque had received hate calls and emails, the Star Tribune reported.

CAIR-MN spokeswoman Jessica Zikri said the event is open to people of all faiths and will demonstrate that Muslims share the same concerns as other Minnesotans, the Star Tribune reported.

The open house will include an Islamic prayer and a dinner of Middle Eastern and African food. Guests will include local police commanders. The event will include speeches, and a question-and-answer session, the Star Tribune reported.