- Associated Press - Friday, August 19, 2016

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Police in a central Minnesota city say they’re investigating a recent threat to a Somali woman as hate crime.

Anab Ali moved to Little Falls with her children earlier this year and is one of few Somali residents in the city of about 8,000. The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/2bHkrjv ) reports Ali told police two men came to her door last week, called her a terrorist and told her to move out of town or they would set fire to her home.

Both men were white, according to police. One was of medium build, about 30 years old with shoulder length blond hair and a goatee. The other was about 65 with white hair, a tattoo on the right side of his neck and tattoos on both arms. He was shorter with a stronger build. Authorities have yet to identify the men, Schirmers said, adding that the case remains under investigation.

The department reported the confrontation to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension this week as a hate.

Little Falls Police Chief Greg Schirmers said the Aug. 7 confrontation is the first hate crime that he knows of directed at a local Muslim resident.

The threat has since been condemned by the mayor and others in Little Falls, a town about 100 miles north of the Twin Cities.

Haji Yussuf directs UniteCloud, a St. Cloud-area group that works to foster relationships between Muslims and non-Muslims. He says Ali told him she doesn’t want to talk publicly about the confrontation because she doesn’t want to portray Little Falls as a bad place.

“She’s scared, but she’s also saying a lot more people came to her and showed a lot of support, and she doesn’t want to mess that goodwill up,” he said.


Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com

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