Mosque hosts community dinner

The Minneapolis mosque whose leaders condemned the assertion that it had something to do with the disappearance of several Somali youth, is hosting a community dinner on Wednesday.

A local Islamic organization says the Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center “has received an increasing number of hate calls and e-mails since several Somali youth left the Twin Cities area, sparking rumors they were going to Somalia to join warring militias,” according to a press release.

After a series of articles in the Star Tribune, members of the Somali community and representatives of the local news media held a forum to discuss what they said was an unfair portrayal of the Somali community. Judging by the comments on a News Cut post about the forum, however, there is certainly a split within the community.

The dinner will be held 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at 2824 13th Ave. S.

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