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Kenyan faces terror case in the US

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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A Kenyan is being held in a US jail after being accused of financing Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organisations.

Mr Mohamed Hussein Said, 25, who according to court documents is listed as a resident of Mombasa and Nairobi, is being held at a South Florida detention centre.

He is accused of conspiring with a resident of Saudi Arabia who is also a US citizen, Gufran Mohammed, 30, to provide, and attempting to provide, material support to three terrorist organisations.

Money and recruits

On Thursday, the US Attorney’s Office in Miami announced a 15-count indictment, charging both men with the offences.

If both are convicted, they could each face up to 15 years in prison for each count or a total of 225 years.

According to the indictment, Mr Gufran and Mr Said conspired to provide money and recruits to Al-Qaeda, AQI/al-Nusrah Front in Syria and Al-Shabaab in Somalia.

The prosecutors say Mr Gufran wired funds to the Kenyan to support Al-Shabaab.

Mr Said is also accused of wiring money to another individual believed to be a fund-raiser and recruiter for Al-Qaeda. The two men were arrested overseas and brought to Florida by FBI agents.


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