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Monday
Aug152011

Somali Terror Investigation: Man Extradited to US from Netherlands

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- The Justice Department Monday announced the extradition of a Somali man from the Netherlands to Minneapolis, where he appeared in federal court before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Michael J. Davis. Mohamud Omar is facing terrorism charges for his alleged role in the recruitment of Somali-American men to fight with the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab terrorist network.

The 45-year-old permanent U.S resident and Somali citizen living in the Netherlands was arrested and charged in 2009 with five counts of conspiracy, including aiding and abetting, conspiracy to kill, kidnap maim and injure and providing materials support to terrorists. Omar allegedly helped provide financing for the young Somali men to obtain weapons and helped facilitate travel from the United States to Somalia.

Omar had been granted permanent U.S. resident status in 1994, and is believed to have traveled to and from Somalia on several occasions.

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