Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Somali men indicted in terror plot

Hopefully this will be the beginning to understand how about 20 young Somali men were told to go fight in Somalia.

The first indictments in a major counterterrorism investigation became public Monday when a Twin Cities Somali man appeared in federal court on charges of providing support to terrorists and conspiracy to "kill, kidnap, maim or injure" people in foreign countries.

A federal grand jury had indicted Salah Osman Ahmed, 26, of Brooklyn Park, and Abdifatah Yusuf Isse, of Seattle, in February, but the indictments were kept sealed until Ahmed appeared Monday afternoon before Magistrate Judge Susan Richard Nelson.

Special agent E.K. Wilson confirmed Monday that the indictments of Isse and Ahmed are connected to a massive federal investigation into the disappearance of up to 20 local men of Somali descent. It is believed that the Minnesota men may have been recruited by terrorists to return to their families' homeland to fight in the continuing civil war there. Since October, at least four have died there.

"It is related to the ongoing investigation," Wilson said of the charges unsealed Monday.

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