Two Muslim men of Minneapolis have been arrested after officers found a large amount of ammunition and prohibited weapons in the trunk of their vehicle. Two Muslims, Abdullah N. Alrifahe, 27 and Majid N. Alrifahe, 26, both lived at a nearby public housing project. Both of the men have prior criminal history. In Abdullah’s case, he has been convicted in the past for carrying a pistol in public without a permit, in addition to other firearms offenses. He also has a conviction for receiving stolen property.
Both Abdullah and Majid have had numerous arrests in Minnesota and Texas.
On May 11, a witness confronted the two men in their car after they threw refuse on the ground. The pair ignored him until the man began to record the license number of their car. The two men descended from the vehicle and threatened the man, saying that they had guns.
The witness then flagged down police officers, according to the complaint, even while the both Abdullah and Majid continued to shout at the man. They also resisted the attempts by the attending officers to defuse the situation. The men insisted that they wanted to remain at their vehicle, explaining that a drone was about to deliver a package, according to the complaint. The officers put the two men in a squad car, having concluded that they were acting suspiciously and posed a danger to the witness.
Upon searching the vehicle, police officers found a pistol, a grenade, assault rifles, gun magazines, as well as a large quantity of ammunition, according to the complaint. Police also found computers, cellphones, electronics equipment, and parts for drones. Because the large amount of ammunition and electronic devices were feared to be bomb-making materials, bomb squad personnel were called to the scene. Abdullah was charged with a gross misdemeanor for carrying a pistol in public without a permit, while he was convicted of the same offense in December.
It could not be determined whether the FBI or another federal agency is investigating. Apparently unfazed by the report, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges (D) will deliver her State of the City address from a local mosque next week. Minneapolis is home to a significant number of Muslims, many of whom hail from war-torn Somalia.
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