The mother of an American Muslim soldier held for murder insists her son is being “framed,” reports the Sacramento Observer.

Sergeant Asan K. Akbar, 32, is charged with two counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder, for a grenade attack within a military camp in Kuwait during March.

Akbar grew up within the Nation of Islam in Los Angeles, and is a member of the American Society of Muslims, led by Imam Warithudeen Mohammed.

The sergeant is also a college graduate with two engineering degrees from the University of California.

What might have led this man to commit murder?

The sergeant’s mother says, “He was saying that nobody really liked him…because he was a Muslim.”

The mother also implied that racism is often behind such violence.

She said, “You know, America flies two flags.” This was an apparent reference to states that still fly some symbolic representation of the Confederacy.

Akbar’s mother added, “That Confederate flag is the same flag I heard that the KKK flies… what (does) that flag stand for? Does it stand for the same things that it stands for all those years back? Or does it mean something different?”

Whatever may have driven Sergeant Akbar is unknown.

Did his formative years within the controversial Nation of Islam somehow shape Akbar’s worldview so negatively, that it fueled an explosion of violence in Kuwait?

Or, did the alleged murderer ultimately lose an internal struggle with his personal demons and distress?


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