An Author's Quest to Understand the Mind of Terrorists

The World

Book cover of "Terrorists in Love" by Ken Ballen. (Photo: http://terroristsinlove.com)

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