Minnesota man accused of lying about contacting Islamic State group

Published 10:26 am Wednesday, March 23, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota man is accused of lying to the FBI about when he last contacted the Islamic State group.

The U.S. attorney’s office on Tuesday charged Abdul Raheem Habil Ali-Skelton with one count of making a false statement to FBI agents.

The charge says Ali-Skelton told the FBI last July that his last contact with Syrian-based members of the militant organization was in May or early June 2015. But prosecutors allege that Ali-Skelton knew he had been communicating with members of the Islamic State group as recently as July 4, 2015.

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A home phone listing for Ali-Skelton could not be found. It’s unclear if he has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.