Federal prosecutors have charged two Minnesota men with providing material support for terrorism. One of the men, 20-year-old Abdi Nur, was charged in absentia, because he is believed to be currently fighting for the terror group ISIS in Syria. The other man, 18-year-old Abdullah Yusuf, was intercepted this summer at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport while allegedly attempting to travel to Turkey to fight for ISIS. Yusuf was arrested Tuesday morning in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. and will be arraigned in Federal Court in Minneapolis at 2 p.m.
According to the charges, Nur assisted Yusuf with making travel arrangements to travel to Syria. The FBI first learned of Yusuf's plans when a passport agent became concerned because Yusuf was traveling to Turkey by himself, with no family and no financial means. The charges detail how in the weeks that followed the FBI monitored Yusuf's whereabouts. At the time, he was attending Heritage Academy Charter School in southeast Minneapolis. Earlier this year, Yusuf testified before a grand jury investigating a dozen young men who had left Minnesota to fight for the terror group ISIS. Investigators say Abdi Nur left for Syria last summer. His whereabouts are unknown.
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