US mosque says FBI informant responsible for shootout killing

Luqman Ameen Abdullah

L.A. Abdullah

Community relations between the FBI and American Muslim groups took a turn for the worse yesterday, after an African-American Muslim congregation in Detroit accused a Bureau informant of luring a Mosque member to his death. Luqman Ameen Abdullah, leader of the self-described Ummah Mosque in Detroit, was killed in a shootout with FBI agents on October 28, during a raid at a warehouse reportedly aimed at recovering stolen goods. But Mosque worshipers claim that Abdullah was led to the warehouse by a man going by the name of Jabril, who they say was an FBI informant. The man allegedly infiltrated the Mosque for several months leading to the shootout, but disappeared following the FBI raid. The FBI has admitted it employed three informants to spy on the group, but has refused to reveal details, and is now seeking a protective order to shield the informants’ identities. The Detroit group’s accusation follows similar claims in 2009 by Mosques in Detroit and California. Late last year, the FBI denied having a connection with Craig Monteilh, who said he was trained by the Bureau to spy on the Islamic community in southern California. Monteilh claimed “he spied on about a dozen area mosques from July 2006 until October 2007 at the behest of the FBI”, a claim the court apparently upheld after unsealing previously secret documents detailing his activities.

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