Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E) – Two of three Americans killed in a battle between rival rebel groups in Syria last week were from Minneapolis as another photo of the slain men were released to the media Wednesday.
Somali-American Abdirahmaan Muhumed, 29, was killed along with Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, and other fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) during a battle with members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
The State Department said it is verifying the photo of Muhumed’s body given to his family.
On Tuesday, the State Department confirmed that McCain was the American ISIS fighter killed in the battle with the FSA, which is trying to topple the government of Bashar al-Assad.
McCain, who moved from Minneapolis to San Diego, California, was identified through his U.S. passport and a tattoo on his neck.
At least 15 young men from the Twin Cities’ Somali-American community had traveled to Syria to join ISIS, according to the Minnesota Public Radio. Federal investigators estimated that 100 Americans have traveled to Syria to join Islamist groups there.