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Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for mall attack
KENYA -- Al-Shabaab is a Somalia based terror group formed in the mid-2000's.
US officials say it's one of the only al Qaeda affiliates to recruit here in the United States.
They say there have been about 50 American recruits.
More than half have been traced back to Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
But one of its most high-profile American members hailed from Daphne Alabama.
Omar Hammami joined the organization in 2006 and became a top commander.
He was reportedly killed a few weeks ago by a member of the group.
But those reports have not been confirmed.
Many are worried that American recruits could help plan and launch an attack here in the U.S.
Big concern is that ones that have gone and now are back - conceivably be in place here to launch an attack.
The FBI has been investigating and trying to stop this kind of recruiting for several years.