A second Minnesota man has died fighting for the Islamic State in Syria, according to multiple reports.
The family of Abdiraaman Muhumed of Minneapolis recently received word of that their son had died in the same recent battle where American Douglas McAuthur McCain died as well. NBC News first reported the death of McCain, who also grew up in the Twin Cities area, earlier this week.
Minnesota Public Radio featured Muhumed in a June story, in which he said, “I give up this worldly life for Allah” and “Allah loves those who fight for his cause.” He added that he was “happy” with being considered a terrorist in the name of Islam, and hoped his mother would come to understand his decision to join the militant group.
Minneapolis, which boasts a large Somali community, has also seen young men leave the city to fight for al-Shabaab, a jihadist group in Somalia.
A local Somali community leader told KMSP that the Islamic State has not only been recruiting men in the area to fight on their behalf, but has started “brainwashing” women to marry them off to the fighters.