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U.S. Indicts 14 Seeking To Aid Somali Terror Group


U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

The U.S. Justice Department today said it has issued indictments against 14 U.S. citizens for seeking to provide aid to the Al-Qaeda-linked Somali group Al-Shabab.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told a news conference in Washington that two of the 14 have been arrested.

"Today, the Department of Justice unsealed four separate indictments charging 14 individuals with terrorism violations for providing money, personnel, and services to Al-Shabab, a terrorist group operating in Somalia with ties to Al-Qaeda," he said. "Two of these individuals have been arrested."

Holder said the indictments and arrests in the U.S. states of Minnesota, Alabama, and California "shed further light on a deadly pipeline that routed funding and fighters to Al-Shabab from across the United States."

Al-Shabab, an Islamist extremist group that controls most of central and western Somalia, claimed responsibility for the attacks in Uganda's capital on July 11 that killed 76 people gathered to watch the World Cup final.

U.S. officials say the group may pose a broader global threat.

compiled from agency reports
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