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Teen’s relatives protest Muslim group

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Relatives and friends of a Minneapolis teenager killed in Somalia say a Muslim civil rights group is hampering an FBI investigation into the disappearances of some Twin Cities Somali men.

About 50 people protested Thursday outside the Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis, where the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Minnesota chapter held an ice cream social.

Abdirizak Bihi is an uncle of 18-year-old Burhan Hassan, who relatives say was killed in Somalia last week. Bihi and others say CAIR is discouraging Somalis from coming forward.

CAIR Minnesota has encouraged anyone interviewed by the FBI to have a lawyer present. A CAIR spokeswoman says the effort isn’t to discourage cooperation but rather to ensure that civil rights are protected.

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The FBI investigation into the missing men continues. Authorities believe the men went to Somalia to fight for terror groups.

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