Five terror suspects from Minnesota charged with trying to join ISIS appeared in federal court on Wednesday.
Security was tight before the hearing, the U.S. Marshal's office conducting a sweep of Chief Judge Michael Davis' courtroom before allowing anyone in. Security blocked the front doors, and eventually family, friends and community members packed the courtroom.
Guled Omar, Hamza Ahmed, Adnan Farah, Zacharia Abdurahman and Hanad Musse all pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS, among other charges.
According to the indictment, Ahmed and Musse used more than $1,000 in student loan money to buy airline tickets to Turkey.
From there, they hopped to cross the border into Syria to fight with seven men in all accused of trying to join ISIS. All five had been previously charged, but a grand jury is now indicting them. More hearings are slated to take place on Friday.
Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21; Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19; and Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19
These 3 men were already known to the FBI when they allegedly traveled with 19-year-old Hamza Ahmed from Minneapolis to New York City on a Greyhound bus last November. All 4 were stopped before boarding the plane to Istanbul. Hamza Ahmed was charged last February with providing material support to a terrorist organization.
Abdurahman Yasin Daud, 21, and Adnan Abdihamid Farah, 19
Adnan Farah, Adburahman Daud and a seventh person joined the 3 suspects listed above in discussions to obtain fake passports and assemble a new travel plan. According to documents filed in court, between March 30 and April 9, 2015, several of the defendants gave cash and passport photos to a confidential source who had identified a source of forged passports in San Diego. At approximately 8:15 p.m. on April 17, Daud, Mohamed Farah and the confidential source left Minneapolis by car, bound for San Diego.
Daud made his first court appearance Tuesday morning, May 19, in Minneapolis
Guled Ali Omar, 20
On Nov. 6, 2014, Omar was stopped at the Minneapolis airport before he could board a flight to San Diego. He had previously planned to leave the United States in May 2014 to join ISIS, but ditched those plans after being confronted by his family.