Authorities say six men from Minnesota who planned to join ISIS in Syria face terrorism charges after being arrested yesterday.
According to the Associated Press, the men—all between the ages of 19 and 21—were arrested in Minneapolis and San Diego:
Charged are: Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21; Adnan Abdihamid Farah, 19; Abdurahman Yasin Daud, 21; Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19; Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19; and Guled Ali Omar, 20.
In a statement, the FBI says that Mohamed Abdihamid Farah and Daud were arrested following a drive from Minneapolis to San Diego. Adnan Abdihamid Farah, Abdurahman, Musse, and Omar were all arrested in Minneapolis. What's more, the FBI notes that they intended to fly to Syria from New York City or San Diego, and lied to investigators when they were stopped:
The six defendants charged in the complaint allegedly planned to travel to Syria as part of their conspiracy to provide material support to ISIL, said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. One of the National Security Division’s highest priorities is to identify, disrupt, and hold accountable those who provide or attempt to provide material support to designated foreign terrorist organizations. I would like to thank the many agents, analysts, and prosecutors who are responsible for this investigation and the charges in this case.
As described in the criminal complaint, these men worked over the course of the last 10 months to join ISIL, said U.S. Attorney Luger. Even when their co-conspirators were caught and charged, they continued to seek new and creative ways to leave Minnesota to fight for a terror group. I applaud the hard work and tireless efforts of the FBI Minneapolis Division and their colleagues around the country.
Furthermore, the Associated Press adds that Musse, Abdurahman, and Mohamed Farah were stopped at an airport in New York City back in November.
[via Associated Press and FBI]