Witness: Minn. man funded al-Shabab terror recruit

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Associated Press

Posted on October 4, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 4 at 7:00 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 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 (EE'-say) testified Thursday in the trial of 46-year-old Mahamud (mah-hah-MOOD') Said (sy-EED') 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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