New information is pouring in regarding the double shooting this afternoon at an Army-Navy Recruiting Center in West Little Rock, Arkansas.
Just Breaking from ABC News...
The suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of one soldier and the critical injury of another at a Little Rock, Ark., Army recruiting booth today was under investigation by the FBI's Joint Terrorist Task Force since his return from Yemen, ABC News has learned.Meanwhile, Arkansas Blog is reporting that the suspect is originally from Tennessee. From the Blog:
The investigation was in its preliminary stages, authorities said, and was based on the suspect's travel to Yemen and his arrest there for using a Somali passport.
The suspect, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, 24, lived on Mara Lynn Drive. He was formerly known as Carlos Bledsoe and apparently moved to Little Rock from Memphis two to three months ago. He also had lived in Nashville, Tenn. recently.Tennessee, Nashville specifically, is home to a sizeable Somali immigrant population. Nashville has a Federal government sponsored Somali Immigrant relocation program similar to that of Auburn, Maine, and Minneapolis.
From Ryan Mauro FrontPage, May 19, 2009:
The Volunteer State may be becoming a hotbed for the growth of extremism. Reports from Nashville, Shelbyville, and Dover indicate that Tennessee has gradually become a stronghold for radical Islamic forces that are transforming parts of the state.Al-Farooq has also been the subject of continuing investigations into child abuse, and abuse of female members.
On May 13, I reported on the discovery of extremism at the Al-Farooq Mosque in Nashville... The library carried extremist texts and audio tapes by known radicals such as Syed Maududi and Ali Al-Tamimi, who was convicted for his role in terrorism. One calls for the killing of homosexuals, and another describes how Muslims not engaged in taking up an armed jihad must “strengthen the capability of those fighting on the front line.”
Al-Farooq Mosque is attended by many Somali immigrants, and Islamic websites say that services are offered in Somali. Nashville alone is home to about 5,000 such immigrants, and their lack of assimilation is becoming a common complaint in Tennessee. The town of Shelbyville is the most dramatic example of this problem.
Nearby Dover, Tennessee is home to an Islamic Compound Jamaat ul-Fuqra. It is located 12 miles from Ft. Campbell Army Base.
The Founder of Jamaat ul-Fuqra, which sponsors the Muslim compounds throughout the US, is Sheik Mubarek Ali Shah Gilani (photo above). He is the cleric that Daniel Pearl was set to interview before he was kidnapped and decapitated in Pakistan.
Note - LR blog hopes to have a full investigative report by one of our top writers, on Tennessee's Islamic Jihadist community later tomorrow.
This story linked by Blue Collar Republican.