Update: Listened to news conference, he is not in custody. Feck
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Will update as more info received. Feds to hold news conference at noon.
Marking the latest in a growing number of terrorism cases involving an Al Qaeda-linked group in Somalia, more than a dozen Somali-Americans have been arrested in at least two U.S. cities for allegedly supporting and in some cases fund-raising for the group.Heh, jihadi lovers of Alshabaab folding like a deck of cards.
Many of those arrested were in Minneapolis. Two of them are Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan of Rochester, who have been indicted by a grand jury on charges of providing material support to a terrorist group.
Prosecutors allege they raised funds "by soliciting door-to-door" in Minnesota's Somali communities, telling potential donors that "the funds were for the poor and needy." Some of that money, prosecutors say, would then be funneled to the group Al Shabab, which has been designated a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. government.
In an indictment unsealed Thursday morning, prosecutors also allege that seven others, including unidentified individuals in Minneapolis and Columbus, Ohio, helped Ali and Hallan "collect and forward funds to Al Shabab." Some of the other alleged aides appear to be in Somalia, including one individual described as "the al-Shabab administrative governor" in parts of the war-torn country.
For more than two years, the FBI has been investigating how dozens of Americans from Minneapolis and elswhere were recruited to train and fight alongside the Somalia-based group, known as Al Shabab. Most recently, Al Shabab claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks in Uganda and pledged its allegiance to Usama bin Laden.
Ali and Hassan are both naturalized U.S. citizens.
Companion post at the Jawa Report