One scenario that did take place during the unfolding drama was the now-semi-discredited identifying of some Americans as members of the gunmen involved in the attack as Americans.
One was said to be a Mainer. Allegedly. Supposedly. Reportedly. The distance from Portland, Maine to Mogadishu, Somali is 7368.6 miles.
Over 6000 Somalis have settled in Maine since 2001. Some, yes, are from Mogasdishu. Most have moved from various locations in the United States that have been less comfortable to their immigration than Maine. The majority of Somalis live in the Lewiston-Auburn area, but more and more have moved to Maine's biggest city, Portland.
Coming out of the 9/21 terrorist on the Westgate Mall in Nairboi, Kenya, were reports that several of the militants were non-Kenyans.
A Somali al-Qaeda affiliate tweeted a series of names on an account it reported used, that is before Twitter suspended the group. Al-Shabab has been creating new accounts each time they get shut down but a movement of pro-Kenyan tweeters has been tracking down the new accounts and complaining to Twitter.
“We received permission to disclose the names of our mujahideen inside #Westgate,” their Kenya mall attack account tweeted.
The following is the allegedly Al-Shabab-published list, which contained one Mainer.
Here's the list of names and where the individuals reportedly were from:
Abdishakur Sheikh Hassan, 22, from [Portland] Maine
Abdirizak Mouled 24, Ontario, Canada
Ahmed Mohamed Isse, 22, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Abdifatah Osman Keenadiid. 24, Minneapolis
Gen Mustafe Noorudiin. 27, Kansas City.
Mo Sayid Nuh, 25, Kismayu, Somalia
Sa'd Daud, 23, Damascus Syria
Shafie Die, 25, Tucson Arizona
Mohammed Bader, 25, Aleppo Syria
Ismael Guled, 23, Helsinki, Finland
Zaki Caraale Jama, 20, Hargeisa, Somalia
Shirdoon Nasir Ahmed, 24, of London
GB Qasim Said Musa, 22, Garissa, Kenya
Eliko Mamedoff, 27, Dagestan
Abdelkarem Ali Mohamed, 21, Illinois
Sources: 1, 2, 3.