Shirwa Ahmed

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Shirwa Ahmed
Born c. 1983
Died October 29, 2008
Puntland, Somalia
Cause of death Suicide bombing
Nationality Naturalized U.S. citizen
Motive Politics and religion

Shirwa Ahmed was a 26-year-old Somali-American who is the second known American suicide bomber, surpassing Andrew Kehoe.[1][2]


Ahmed immigrated to the United States as a child, resided in Minneapolis, Minnesota and entered the Roosevelt High School in September 1996.[1] He became a naturalized American citizen[2] and went on to attend community college before dropping out and worked odd jobs.[1] In 2004, Ahmed began associating with a new group of friends perceived as having been religious; he was "radicalized in his hometown in Minnesota" according to Robert Mueller, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.[1] He was one of twenty Somali-American men who departed the Minneapolis area for Somalia, a trend which has been the focus of one of the larger domestic terrorism investigations since September 11, 2001.[1] Motivated by a mixture of politics and religion, he joined Al-Shabaab, a militant Somali group.[1] Then, on October 29, 2008, — or the 28th[2] — he drove a car loaded with explosives into a government compound in Puntland in the northern region of the country.[1] The FBI investigated the incident and returned Ahmed's remains to Minneapolis that November.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Elliott, Andrea (July 11, 2009). "A Call to Jihad, Answered in America". The New York Times Sunday Magazine. Retrieved June 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Pierre Thomas and Jason Ryan (November 25, 2009). "Feds Probing Possible Minn. Terror Group". ABC News. Retrieved June 28, 2010.