Three US men `aided al-Shabab`

A Missouri man and a Minnesotan are among three facing charges in the plot.

Updated: Nov 04, 2010, 10:32 AM IST

St Louis: A Missouri man and a Minnesotan are among three facing charges in a plot to funnel money to a Somalia terror group.

An indictment unsealed on Wednesday accuses Mohamud Abdi Yusuf of St Louis of providing material support to al-Shabab.

Yusuf along with Abdi Mahdi Hussein of Minneapolis also are accused of conspiring to structure financial transactions.

A third man, Duane Mohamed Diriye, is also charged and remains at large.

The US government alleges that from 2008 through at least July 2009, Yusuf used aliases in wiring funds to al-Shabab supporters in Somalia. Hussein allegedly worked a money-transferring businesses.

Both men made court appearances yesterday. Yusuf`s public defender declined comment, and it wasn`t known if Hussein had an attorney.

PTI