Lifestyle & Belief

An Author's Quest to Understand the Mind of Terrorists


Book cover of "Terrorists in Love" by Ken Ballen. (Photo:

A bomb exploded Tuesday on a busy street in Mogadishu, Somalia killing 70 people and injuring many more.

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Many of the victims were students who had gathered near a government building to register for scholarships to study in Turkey.

The al-Qaeda affiliated group al-Shabab claimed responsibility.

It is always difficult to imagine what could motivate an individual, whether in Somalia or Afghanistan or anywhere to carry out such a horrific attack.

Author Ken Ballen has tried to grapple with the logic.

He interviewed more than a hundred extremists for his new book "Terrorists in Love: The Real Lives of Islamic Radicals."

Among those he profiles is a star-crossed couple.