24-year-old California woman charged with aiding terrorists

Nima Ali Yusuf, a permanent resident of the US, conspired in Southern California to aid al-Shabab, an al-Qaida-linked militia in Somalia.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 16, 2010 07:18
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Al Shabab terrorists in Somalia

Al Shabab terrorists in Somalia. (photo credit: Courtesy)

SAN DIEGO — A California woman has been charged with conspiring to provide money and people to a Somali terrorist group to help carry out killings in the African nation, according to a federal indictment unsealed Monday.

Nima Ali Yusuf, a 24-year-old permanent resident of the US, conspired in Southern California and elsewhere to aid al-Shabab, an al-Qaida-linked militia trying to create an Islamic state in Somalia, the indictment states.

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Federal prosecutors did not provide further details on the allegations.

Yusuf was the fourth person charged in the past month in San Diego with helping al-Shabab. The others were accused of helping raise money and route funds to the radical Islamist group.

The indictments come as the US government cracks down on those suspected of helping al-Shabab.

Yusuf was arrested Friday in San Diego and appeared in federal court Monday, federal prosecutor Sabrina Feve said.

Yusuf was charged in the indictment with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists; conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization; and making a false statement to an FBI agent and Customs and Border Protection officer when she allegedly denied sending money to anyone in Somalia in the past year.

Yusuf was being held without bail pending a November 18 hearing. It could not be determined if she had an attorney.


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