Four Ohio men accused of supporting Al Qaeda

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Toledo (13abc Action News) - Four men all with Ohio ties have been indicted for allegedly providing money to support violent attacks against the U.S. One of the suspects used to live in Toledo, until recently. He was arrested in Texas this morning.

The indictment is 72 pages. It identifies the alleged terrorists supporters as Yahya Farooq Mohammed, Asif salim, Sultane Salim and Ibrahim Mohammad.

"The people who were charged in the indictment funneled money through Ohio. They came from Ohio activity was conducted in Kansas and outside of Chicago," said Unite States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steven Dettelbach

Authorities say Ibrahim Mohammad was a citizen of India, he was an engineering student at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.
He moved to Toledo in 2006. Court documents state he married a U.S. citizen and became a legal resident in 2007. The men are accused of providing support to Anwar Al-Awlaki. He was alleged to be a senior Al Qaeda recruiter and was the first US citizen killed in a U.S. drone strike.

"These individuals actually worked together to deliver tens of thousands of dollars to this terrorist. By the way they did it at a time when Anwar Al-Awlaki was supporting some of the most notorious acts of terrorism around including the attempted bombing of the flight that was coming into Detroit on Christmas day on 2009," said Dettelbach.

The men are charged with conspiracy to provide money and conceal the location it was coming from to support acts of terrorism.
Conspiracy to commit bank fraud and conspiracy to obstruct justice
The suspects allegedly tried to destroy documents and delete emails.

The court documents also claim Ibrahim Mohammad raised money for Islamic books for the prison library at the Toledo Correctional Institution. The U.S. attorney says the men were sophisticated in hiding what they were doing.

The suspects allegedly raised nearly 22 thousand dollars to help support terrorism.



 
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