Minn. terror suspect's trial scheduled to begin in October


Salah Osman Ahmed, 26, of New Brighton, Minn. will stand trial in October after he was indicted on terrorism charges. He is accused of supporting terrorism, lying to authorities, and planning to kill people outside of the country.

His trial will start October 5 at the Minneapolis federal courthouse.

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The indictments say Ahmed and Abdifatah Yusuf Isse, 25, of Seattle, Wash., conspired over the course of more than a year, from September 2007 to December 2008. Authorities think the men joined al-Shabaab, an extremist Islamic group in Somalia with ties to al-Qaida.

Ahmed was scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday afternoon. But his attorney, James Ostgard, filed documents Thursday morning waiving the hearing.

Ostgard says Ahmed agrees to his current conditions of confinement.

Ahmen is a former North Hennepin Community College student worked as a security guard before he was arrested Saturday. The indictments are connected to the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of several Somali men from the Twin Cities in recent years.