10th terror suspect had worked at MSP airport, will remain in jail


An Eagan man arrested earlier this month and charged with conspiring to aid ISIS will remain in jail. Abdirizak Warsame, 20, was the 10th terror suspect arrested and charged in Minnesota this year.

According to WCCO, FBI Agent Daniel Higgins testified in court Tuesday that Warsame told another terror suspect, Guled Omar, he could build rockets that shoot down planes. A government informant secretly recorded the conversation, the station reports.

The FBI agent said Warsame also worked at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as a baggage handler. An airport spokesperson told MPR he worked there for several months starting in December 2013.

The agent said there is no evidence the 20-year-old posed a threat to the airport or made dangerous rockets, according WCCO.

The complaint says Warsame had helped other terror suspects travel to Syria to fight for ISIS. He reportedly gave them money for passports and connected them with people in Syria. Agent Higgins testified Warsame was a leader of that group, WCCO reports. Higgins claims the suspect gave the men phone numbers to contact ISIS fighters.

Warsame's attorney said the suspect obtained a passport last year but never attempted to leave the U.S., The Star Tribune says.

The terror suspect will remain in jail. According to WCCO, Magistrate Becky Thorson said he poses a flight risk and is a danger to the community.

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