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U.S. issues border alert about Somali with possible militant ties

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Department of Homeland Security notice alerts local police about man named Mohamed Ali
  • Notice based on raw intelligence from variety of sources and is uncorroborated, official says
  • Official says it's standard to send out such an advisory to local police

(CNN) -- Local police along the southern U.S. border have been given a heads-up about the possible presence of a Somali with suspected ties to a notorious militant group, a law enforcement official told CNN on Friday.

A Department of Homeland Security notice, sent "out of an abundance of caution," alerted police about a man named Mohamed Ali who might be a member of Al-Shabaab, the Islamist militant group fighting the Somali government.

The official said that the notice was based on raw intelligence data gleaned from a variety of sources and that it was uncorroborated. It is not known when the alert was issued.

It isn't known if the man is trying to enter the United States from Mexico, the official said.

The federal law enforcement official said it is standard to send out an advisory to local police, even when the information may be uncorroborated, because the information could turn out to be true.