Detroit Imam says Abdullah killing ‘pre-arranged’

Sun, 01 Nov 2009

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Police enter the temporary home of the Masjid Al-Haqq in Detroit where Luqman Ameen Abdulla was killed.

After a prayer’s leader was killed during an alleged shootout with federal agents in the US, another mosque leader in the city of Detroit says his killing was pre-arranged.

Over one thousand American Muslims gathered in the city of Detroit on Sunday to mourn the prayers leader.

The service was held for Luqman Ameen Abdullah, Imam of the Masjid Al-Haqq after FBI agents shot him dead while trying to arrest him.

The FBI charged Abdullah of being “the radical leader of a Sunni Islam group in Detroit who expressed hatred for government and endorsed violence.”

This is while his family, friends, and followers reject the charges with his mosque saying that the claim is “utterly preposterous”.

Abdullah’s son says his murder was barbaric as police shot him several times.

The FBI has said Imam Luqman resisted arrest and shot the police dog before being shot and killed.

Speaking to Press TV on Sunday, Friday prayer leader of Masjid al-Islam Imam Abdul-Ali Musa said he had access to documents, which could prove that the killing was a pre-arranged scenario.

Imam Musa said the government had prepared a 50-page indictment to justify the raid during which Abdullah was killed by the FBI last Wednesday.

“Source number one [an informant] testifies that on many occasions he heard luqman Abdullah preaching that Islam should be spread through violent jihad and advocated violence against the government and against law enforcement,” Imam Musa read from the indictment.

“Abdullah told his followers that if the police was to take his weapon or tried to apprehend him, he will respond with violence and they will have to shoot him before they can arrest him,” he added.

Imam Musa described his killing as “an assassination by the federal government” adding that “this is to intimidate the Muslim community.”

“Muslims in America are under a lot of pressure…the Muslim centers, the community centers are full of government infiltrators, spies and saboteurs who try to break the back of this wonderful Islamic movement in North America,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a coalition of major national Islamic organizations, has called for an independent investigation into the incident.

The coalition has also called on the FBI to refrain from linking the raid or the allegations against the suspects to the Muslim faith.




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