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Tucson Somalis held without bond on terror charge

FBI says the two wanted to join ISIS
Posted at 11:48 AM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 17:45:45-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - Two Somali men living in Tucson will be held without bond on charges of attempting to aid a terrorist organization.

The FBI arrested 21-year-old Ahmed Mahad Mohamed and 20-year-old Abdi Yemani Hussein Friday at Tucson International Airport.

Agents say the two were about to board the first of a series of flights that would take them to Egypt. In an official criminal complaint, prosecutors say the two communicated with undercover FBI employees using social media and in-person meetings and said they wanted to join ISIS.

Court documents say the two said they were enthusiastic about attacks involving bombings and beheadings and that they wanted to stage attacks in the Middle East and the U.S.


Magistrate Judge Maria S. Davila agreed with prosecutors that the two suspects should be held without bond.

She also ordered Mohamed to provide “biometrics” to unlock an electronic device. Court records are not specific about what type of device but social media records are an important part of the government’s case and smartphones that could store those messages often require fingerprints or face scans to unlock.