A Minnesota man, accused of providing material support to the Islamic State terrorist organization, made his first court appearance Thursday. He was employed as a security guard.
Abdirizak Warsame, 20, a member of the Twin Cities’ Somali community, was arrested Wednesday night, according to MPR News, which reported:
Prosecutors say Warsame encouraged the planned departures of several friends who have since been charged in the massive terrorism case — and at one point, was named their leader, according to a court document filed Wednesday.
He was charged with providing support for a foreign terrorist organization, as well as conspiring to do so, and is the 10th Twin Cities man to be charged with planning to join the Islamic State group by federal prosecutors.
“Abdirizak Warsame conspired with others to travel to Syria to fight with ISIL,” Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin said. “We will continue to work to stem the flow of foreign fighters abroad and to bring to justice those who seek to provide material support to designated foreign terrorist organizations.”
Warsame is a cousin of Abdirahman Daud, one of two Twin Cities men arrested in San Diego in April 2015 after allegedly driving there to buy fake passports.
The complaint said Warsame’s involvement with the group of men planning to travel to Syria began as early as March 2014.
He reportedly worked for the second largest security guard services firm in the world.
https://t.co/1M2PEQPjJS. He worked for Securitas, the 2nd largest Security Guard Services company in the world.
— PrivInt | S3 (@PrivInt_LLC) December 11, 2015
Warsame wasn’t the first security guard accused of offering aid to the Islamic State group. In May, Iraqi-American Bilal Abood was arrested for attempting to join the terrorist group. He was a Texas security guard and reportedly a U.S. Army informant.
Watch this report, via CBS News Minnesota.
H/T: IJ Review
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