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Former SD Man Charged With Aiding Terrorists

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Video published August 6, 2010 | Download MP4 | View transcript

Above: Jehad Serwan Mostafa is a 28-year-old man who grew up in San Diego, and is now being charged with helping a Somali terrorist group with ties to Al Qaeda. KPBS News Reporter Amita Sharma tells us more.

Transcript

This is a rush transcript created by a contractor for KPBS to improve accessibility for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Please refer to the media file as the formal record of this interview. Opinions expressed by guests during interviews reflect the guest’s individual views and do not necessarily represent those of KPBS staff, members or its sponsors.

FORMER SAN DIEGO MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH HELPING A SOMALI TERRORIST GROUP WITH TIES TO AL-QAEDA. JOINING ME NOW TO TELL US MORE IS AMETHA.

HE IS A 28-YEAR-OLD MAN THAT GREW UP IN SAN DIEGO. FEDERAL PROSECUTORS SAY HE PROVIDED RESOURCES AND PERSONNEL, INCLUDING HIMSELF, TO THE SAMUELEIAN TERRORIST GROUP KNOWN AS HE WILL SHA BOD. HE IS THE ONLY SAN DIEGO MAN WHOSE INDICTMENT WAS UNSEALED YESTERDAY. HE IS ONE OF 14 PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH HELPING IN MINNESOTA AND ALABAMA.

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THIS GROUP?

WELL, THEY ARE A VIOLENT ISLAMIST TERRORIST GROUP THAT WANTS TO TOPPLE THE SOMALIAN GOVERNMENT. THEY ARE KNOWN FOR HEAVILY RECRUITING WITHIN THE SOMALIAN COMMUNITY. UNFORTUNATELY, THEY HAVE SOME EXPERIENCE WITH SAN DIEGO. THEY CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR TWIN BOMBING LAST MONTH IN UGANDA RESPONSIBLE FOR KILLING DOZENS OF PEOPLE, INCLUDING A SAN DIEGO MAN, WHO WORKED FOR A CHILDREN'S CHARITY.

I'M SURE WE WILL HEAR MORE ABOUT THIS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

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