Charges: 2 Minnesota ISIS recruits used student loans to finance travel
Two of the 7 young men from the Twin Cities accused of attempting to join ISIS in Syria face new charges of financial aid. Hamza Ahmed, 21, and Hanad Musse, 19, allegedly used more than $1,000 in student loans each to purchase flights from New York to Greece and Turkey.
The new charges were included in an indictment unsealed Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney's office in Minnesota. Ahmed is accusing of using $1,048 in financial aid to purchase a ticket to Turkey, and Musse $1,269 for a ticket to Greece.
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Ahmed and Musse are among the 6 men already charged with providing material support to the terror group ISIS. "Material support" can include simply a plan to travel to Syria to join ISIS.
Four of the suspects were arrested in April by the FBI in Minneapolis and 2 others were arrested in San Diego, where they planned to buy forged passports to travel to Syria. Federal prosecutors said this case shows the persistence of Minnesota's ISIS recruits have been.
"Nothing stopped these defendants from pursuing their goal, never stopped plotting another way to get to Syria to join ISIL," U.S. Attorney Andy Lugar said.
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.
At least 9 Minnesotans have been charged with trying to join ISIS.