Leader of radical Islam group killed

FBI says imam died in shoot-out

Associated Press / October 29, 2009

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DETROIT - A man described as a leader of a radical Sunni Islam group in the United States was fatally shot yesterday afternoon while resisting arrest and exchanging gunfire with federal agents, authorities said.

Agents at a warehouse in Dearborn were trying to arrest Luqman Ameen Abdullah, 53, on charges that included conspiracy to sell stolen goods and illegal possession and sale of firearms. Ten followers listed in a criminal complaint were also being rounded up in the area.

Abdullah refused to surrender, fired a weapon, and was killed by gunfire from agents, said Sandra Berchtold, FBI spokeswoman.

In a court filing, the FBI said Abdullah, also known as Christopher Thomas, was an imam of a radical group named Ummah whose primary mission is to establish an Islamic state within the United States.

No one was charged with terrorism, but Abdullah was “encouraging his followers to commit violent acts against the United States,’’ FBI agent Gary Leone said in an affidavit.

“He regularly preaches antigovernment and antilaw enforcement rhetoric,’’ Leone said. “Abdullah and his followers have trained regularly in the use of firearms and continue to train in martial arts and sword fighting.’’

It was not immediately clear how many were in custody.