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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Mohamed Suleyman is one of thousands of Somalis that fled a war stricken country for the United States.
Suleyman, now the president of the Buffalo Somali Community Association, said local Somalis are standing together for peace. They condemn the massacre at Nairobi’s Westgate Mall by the al-Qaeda linked, Somali militant group, al-Shabab.
"They regret that someone has used their name," Suleyman said.
Dr. Hodan Isse, the wife of a former Somali Prime Minister, said she was surprised to hear reports that al-Shabab separated the Muslims and let them go, especially after her husband was targeted by the terrorist organization last April.
"They wanted to kill him. Thank God he's still alive and nothing happened to him, but most of his people, some of his staff died," Dr. Isse said.
Dr. Isse believes the deadly attack in Nairobi is al-Shabab’s way of sending a message to the Kenyan government.
"Kenya has played a very important crucial role in eradicating al-Shabab and terrorist groups from Somalia," Dr. Isse said. "So they're upset and they think that this will be payback time for the Kenyan government."
She says over the years, al-Shabab has lost its grip over the Somali people. She said some innocent, Somali youth were recruited by al-Shabab, but she's never seen it happen to people in Western New York.
"Those kids who are recruited back to Somalia, I think I’ve heard most come from Minneapolis, Minnesota, few of them from Canada. Fortunately we don't have that," said Dr. Isse.
In order to bring about peace, Dr. Isse said world leaders need to work together to solve the underlying cause of why these extremist groups keep rising up.
"In the short term I think we need a global muscle to tackle this problem because if it affected Kenya, it might affect us," she said.
Three former aides claim State Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak subjected them to such a hostile work environment that they were forced to leave their jobs.
Deputies say 20-year-old Eli Wengerd accidentally shot his 8-year-old brother while playing with a handgun that is not registered and that he does not possess a permit for.
In a release sent out Friday, the BAC says its four co-ed clubs in Buffalo and two in Rochester have been purchased by L.A. Fitness, effective December 23.
A felon with multiple convictions is facing new charges after deputies recovered around 1,000 ecstacy pills and two ounces of cocaine in a vacuum sealed plastic bag from his vehicle.
Buffalo Police are investigating after a man was shot Friday evening on Thornton Avenue.
A Silver Creek man was arrested Friday night after using his body to break a front door window and smashing a large window in the front of a home.