PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Just as officials in Kenya announced that the bloody standoff at a Nairobi Mall had ended, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree emerged from a meeting with Portland Somali leaders.
Pingree says the information she's received makes it seem more and more likely that reports a person from Maine was involved in that terrorist attack was nothing more than a rumor.
"Some of the sources putting it out there have been discredited and from what is a very tight knit community in Maine, there are not talks or rumors or ideas that this is connected and we haven't seen any unusual activity with law enforcement or the FBI here in Portland, but will certainly stand touch", said Pingree.
An unconfirmed twitter feed from the group Al Shabaab claiming responsibility for the attack also claimed one of the attackers is from Maine. The report gained traction after a leading American expert on terrorism said Al Shabaab has attempted to recruit people in several American cities including Portland, Maine.
Somali leaders here say they've never heard of that before.
"Some of the suspicious concerns that there is recruitment here is baseless, it's senseless and you should know that we lived alongside you for longtime", said Mohamed Yusuf, a member of the local Somnali community.
Kenyan Government officials say information they have received shows two or three americans were involved in the attack. US officials say they have not confirmed that any americans were involved.