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Ex-Minn. Man In Court On Terror Charge

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 15 (UPI) — A former Minneapolis man accused of conspiring to help the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab is back in Minnesota after being extradited from the Netherlands.

Mahamud Said Omar, 45, who was indicted two years ago, made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court Monday on charges he conspired to provide material support to terrorists and foreign terrorist organizations, and conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim and harm people aboard.

Omar, a Somali citizen with permanent U.S. resident status, was indicted Aug. 20, 2009, and was arrested in the Netherlands in November of that year. He was returned to the United States in the past few days, the U.S. Justice Department said in a release.

Prosecutors allege the “Operation Rhino” investigation determined that Omar gave money to young men from 2007 to 2009 so they could travel from Minneapolis to Somalia to train with and fight for al-Shabaab. Omar also allegedly visited an al-Shabaab safe house in Marka, where he provided the recruits with money to buy AK-47 assault rifles.

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