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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Muslims rights group, CAIR-MN, calls on Minn. city to reject training program about Somalis

  • CAIR-MN spokeswoman Lori Saroya says the training flier unfairly suggests the activities of al-Shabaab, which is affiliated with al-Qaeda, are supported by most Muslims.
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  • A Muslim rights group is calling on police in Waite Park to reject a training program about Somalis.
    The program "Understanding the People of Somalia" will be held Tuesday. According to the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the event flier lists Somalia's al-Shabaab as an "Islamic" organization.
    The U.S. Department of State designated al-Shabaab a terrorist group in 2008. CAIR-MN spokeswoman Lori Saroya says the training flier unfairly suggests the activities of al-Shabaab, which is affiliated with al-Qaeda, are supported by most Muslims.
    Waite Park Police Chief Dave Bentrud tells the St. Cloud Times (http://on.sctimes.com/12pDDrJ) he doesn't expect any Waite Park police officers will attend Tuesday's training. He says the city is hosting the event for Catholic Charities workers and other social-service groups.

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