Minn. mom says missing son, 20, killed in Somalia

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The mother of a 20-year-old Somali man missing from Minneapolis says her son has been killed in Somalia.

Abayte Ahmed said Sunday through an interpreter that she and her husband identified their son, Jamal Ban, in a photo showing a dead body in Somalia. Bana's father saw the photo Saturday while viewing online news.

Somali activists believe more than a dozen young men have gone missing from the Minneapolis area during the last couple years -- recruited, they say, by radical elements in Somalia.

Bana disappeared in November. Ahmed says after seeing the photo, she and her husband spoke by phone to someone in Somalia and have no doubts their son was killed. She wouldn't say with whom they spoke.

The FBI has acknowledged an investigation into the disappearances. A spokesman couldn't confirm Bana's death.

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