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U.S. Bank Shuts Down Money Wiring Service To Somalia

Militants belonging to Somalia's Al Qaeda-inspired Al Shabaab Islamists stand...

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Above: Militants belonging to Somalia's Al Qaeda-inspired Al Shabaab Islamists stand in formation on October, 21, 2010 during a show of force in Somalia's capital Mogadishu

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Abdulmalik Buul, chairman San Diego Somali Youth League of San Diego

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Abdulmalik Buul joins Amita Sharma to discuss what the shutdown means.

Evening Edition airs weekdays at 5 PM and 6:30 PM on KPBS TV.

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Franklin Bank was the only U.S. bank that still facilitated money-wire transfers to Somalia - until now. The bank is shutting down the service.

Franklin says continuing the transfers was too risky; there's a fear that the bank could be prosecuted after some money transfers were linked to a terrorist group in Somalia.

But the impact of this decision on the desperate people in Somalia, and their relatives here in San Diego, could be staggering.

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