St Paul: Two women have pleaded not guilty to federal charges of supporting a Somali terrorist group.
Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan, both of Rochester, Minnesota, entered their pleas today before in federal court.
The judge set a trial date of Oct. 12, but prosecutors told him that may change.
The two women were among 14 people named in indictments unsealed last week. They are accused of being part of a pipeline that routed money and fighters from the US to the Somali insurgent faction al-Shabab.
Attorneys for the women declined comment. About a dozen Somali women demonstrated outside the courthouse, saying the women were engaged in legitimate aid efforts for the poor in Somalia.