5 accused of conspiring to go to Syria plead not guilty

Published 8:16 am Thursday, May 21, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Five Minnesota men accused of conspiring to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group have pleaded not guilty to federal terrorism charges.

The men entered their pleas Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.

Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19; Hamza Naj Ahmed, 21; Adnan Abdihamid Farah, 19; Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19; and Guled Ali Omar, 20, are each charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

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All but Farah also face additional charges. Two other men charged in this case weren’t scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

Authorities have described the men as friends in Minnesota’s Somali community. Some of them were part of a group that took a bus to New York in November and were stopped at JFK Airport before they traveled overseas.