COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The imam of a central Ohio mosque says the area’s Somali community has tried to prevent radicalization among its younger members in recent years.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Imam Mohamed Hassan spoke Friday during a forum involving Somali youth and law enforcement. They talked about crime and radicalization among Somali youth and ways to prevent problems.

Somali leaders in Ohio and nationally have long been concerned that too many disenfranchised Somali boys leave school and join gangs or in some cases are recruited by overseas terrorist groups.

Hassan said reports that roughly 20 Somali men may have left Minnesota a few years ago to possibly fight with an extremist group in Somalia prompted the Somali community in Ohio to try to make sure the same thing didn’t happen there.

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Comments (5)
  1. realreality says:

    They might be asking the same about you. Perception is a funny thing huh…

    1. fitswell says:

      but I take a shower everyday!!! they don’t

  2. lib says:

    We are modern, the Somali’s are not, We allow women freedom, Somali’s do not. We have the rule of law, Somali’s do not. We are technologically sophisticated, they are the dark ages. We have religious tolerance, Somali’s do not. Sent the radicals back to Somalia

  3. Tom says:

    send them all back I don’t even like them sinky a–holes

  4. Tanja Van Deer says:

    What ignorant comments. Truly. I have so much to say to this but I do not think such backward thinking can be put right easily. Humanity is running itself in the ground because of masses of automatons who think it’s funny to suggest that Somalis don’t take a shower everyday. Does making a remark like that make you feel superior? A narrow mind is infinitely worse than neglecting hygiene. You’ll have to live with that forever and what a pity it is that you still won’t recognize your one-track mindedness. You’ll just dismiss me as a nutcase or an idealist hippie and skip along, clenching tightly to your ignorance.

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