Abdi Mahdi Hussein charged with terrorism for aiding Al-Shabaab
Three more Somalis have been charged with funneling money to the Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab. One of the men was arrested Monday in Minneapolis.
Abdi Mahdi Hussein, who works for a remittance company, is accused of conspiring with Mohamud Abdi Yusuf, of St. Louis, to hide the paper trail for money sent from the U.S. to Al-Shabaab in Somalia.
A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday says Yusuf used fake names and phone numbers to send money to Al-Shabaab through remittance businesses in the U.S, CNN reports. Yusuf conspired with Hussein, the indictment stated.
A third man, Duwayne Mohamed Diriye, is charged with distributing the money in Somalia and Kenya. He is at large in Africa.
That makes six Somali men charged with terrorism just this week--three more were charged in San Diego on Tuesday.
In August, two other Somalis from Minnesota were arrested and charged with raising money for Al-Shabaab.
Al-Shabaab, which means "the youth," is an Islamist group with links to Al-Qaeda, and one of 50 groups the State Department considers terrorists. It has been waging a war against the shaky Somali government for a few years now.
Just last week, the group drew attention when it executed two teenage girls suspected of being spies for the Somali government.
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