Radical Muslim Cleric Killed in FBI Raid

6 others held after series of operations in Detroit area
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2009 6:30 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The leader of a radical Islamic sect was killed by the FBI today in a shootout in a Detroit suburb, part of a series of raids against the group, said to be plotting “an offensive jihad” in order to establish a state governed by Sharia law. Luqman Ameen Abdullah, 53, opened fire when agents raided a warehouse; six others were taken into custody.

Abdullah, also known as Christopher Thomas, was imam of a Sunni sect called “Ummah, a group of mostly African-American converts to Islam, which seeks to establish a separate Sharia-law governed state within the United States,” according to a press release. In all, 11 men face charges; two are still at large.