A congressional hearing on Wednesday about the radicalization of American Muslims said that a Somali group with ties to terrorism may be carving out a cell in San Diego.
U.S. intelligence agents told ABC News they believe the Somali extremist group Al-Shabaab is just as big a threat as its ally Al-Qaida.
At Wednesday’s hearing, New York Rep. Peter King spelled out where the threat is playing out.
“Al-Shabaab is recruiting in U.S. mosques and Somali communities including Minneapolis and San Diego,” said King.
Last August, a former San Diegan was indicted and accused of supporting Al-Shabaab. In late 2010, San Diego was the setting for a stunning federal indictment. The imam of a City Heights mosque who preached non-violence was accused of aiding a terrorist group. The imam and several members of the mosque pleaded not guilty to sending aid and money to Al-Shabaab.
Another revelation that surfaced at the congressional hearing was that 40 Somali-Americans are believed to be fighting for the group.