Six men in two separate cases stand accused of aiding Somali terrorist organizations. Three men in California and three men based in the Midwest were charged in separate incidents.
A federal grand jury in St. Louis charged three men with conspiring to fund a terrorist group in Somalia with ties to Al-Qaeda.
FBI agents arrested Abdi Mahdi Hussein, 35, on Nov. 2 at his home in Richfield, Minn. according to the The Minneapolis Star Tribune. He and St. Louis taxi driver Mohamud Abdi Yusuf are accused of sending thousands of dollars through a Minneapolis-based wire transfer business where Hussein worked to fund the terrorist organization al-Shabab in 2008 and 2009.
A third man, Duane Mohamed Diriye, is said to have been on the receiving end of many of those transactions and is charged with conspiracy and terrorist funding. He is believed to be in Somalia or Kenya.
Three San Diego men were also arrested Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 by federal authorities. Basaaly Saeed Moalin, 33, Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud, 38, and Issa Doreh, 54, were indicted Oct. 22 by a federal grand jury in San Diego on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. They remain in federal detention.
The three men are similarly accused of wire-transferring money to al-Shabab at the request of a top military leader of the organization according to KGTV in San Diego. Furthermore, Moalin allegedly provided a safe house for the group to use a base of action.
According to the indictment, “Al-Shabab is a violent and brutal militia group that uses intimidation and violence to undermine Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government and its supporters.”
The indictment alleges al-Shabab as using civilian assassination, bombings rockets, mortars, automatic weapons and suicide bombings as tactics.