Origins of imam's killing by FBI traced

Nov. 1, 2010 at 1:46 PM
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DETROIT, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The killing of a Detroit Muslim leader in a police raid a year ago stemmed from the earlier shooting of two policemen, FBI records show.

The records, released under the Freedom of Information Act to the Detroit Free Press, trace the path to the fatal shooting of imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah in a Dearborn, Mich., warehouse on Oct. 28, 2009.

Ismael Abdul Malik, a member of Abdullah's mosque, shot two Detroit police officers in February 2006. He is now serving life for assault with intent to commit murder in that case, among other crimes.

The FBI then began investigating the imam. Its records describe him as a black separatist extremist aiming to establish an Islamic state in America. His followers deny that.

Abdullah's son, Omar Regan, told the Free Press the 2006 shooting "had absolutely nothing to do with my dad" and the FBI was trying to slander the imam.

The records and other documents released to the Free Press reveal in new detail the FBI's plans to arrest Abdullah, 53, and his followers in an undercover sting operation. The FBI used a spy posing as a Muslim convert to penetrate the mosque.

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