Islamic Leader Shot During Michigan Arrest
Luquman Ameen Abdullah, the leader of a group of African-American converts to Islam, was fatally shot Wednesday during an FBI attempt to arrest him along with four other suspects in the Detroit, Michigan area. The other suspects surrendered, but Ameen Abdullah fired his weapon instead, the FBI said in a news release. ”An exchange of gunfire followed and Abdullah was killed,” it said.
According to CNN, Abdullah was one of 11 men charged Tuesday with conspiracy to commit federal crimes, including theft from interstate shipments, mail fraud to obtain the proceeds of arson, illegal possession and sale of firearms, and tampering with motor vehicle identification numbers.
The defendants “are members of a group that is alleged to have engaged in violent activity over a period of many years, and known to be armed,” the FBI said.
Abdullah had been seeking to establish a separate Sharia-law state in the United States, the FBI said.
Evidence against him was obtained by recordings made by confidential informants, CNN reported. In one recording, Abdullah encouraged his followers to ‘pick up guns and do something’ rather than try to achieve their goals through peaceful means.”