Witness: Minn. man funded al-Shabab terror recruit

8:12 PM, Oct 4, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - A man who admitted traveling from Minneapolis to Somalia to train with al-Shabab is testifying against a Minnesota man accused of helping supply the terror group with fighters.

Abdifatah Isse testified Thursday in the trial of 46-year-old Mahamud Said Omar.

Isse says he attended secret meetings in Minneapolis in 2007, and saw Omar give $500 cash to another man traveling to Somalia and wish him good luck.

Omar is charged with five terror-related counts, including conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.

Prosecutors allege that since 2007, more than 20 young men have left Minnesota for the war-torn East African nation to join al-Shabab. The FBI and relatives say at least six have died.

Minnesota is home to the largest Somali population in the U.S.

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