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A Fourth San Diego Resident Charged With Aiding Somali Terror Group

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Aired 11/16/10

A local woman has been charged with providing material support and personnel to a terrorist group in Somalia. The woman is the fourth San Diego resident in one month to be indicted for helping al-Shabab.

People wait outside of a federal courthouse before a hearing for three men suspected of aiding a Somali terrorist organization, November 9, 2010 in San Diego, Calif.
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Above: People wait outside of a federal courthouse before a hearing for three men suspected of aiding a Somali terrorist organization, November 9, 2010 in San Diego, Calif.

— A local woman has been charged with providing material support and personnel to a terrorist group in Somalia. The woman is the fourth San Diego resident in one month to be indicted for helping al-Shabab.

The three-count federal indictment accuses Nima Ali Yusuf of conspiring to aid al-Shabab. The support was given with the knowledge that it would be used to kill people in a foreign country, according to the indictment.

The indictment alleges Yusuf sent money and provided people to work under al-Shabab's direction until September of this year. Ali is also charged with making a false statement to the government.

Yusuf is believed to be the first local woman charged with helping al-Shabab. Three San Diego men are also accused of sending money to the terrorist group.

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