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2 MN men charged in terror case now also accused of financial aid fraud

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Two Minnesota men accused of attempting to aid the Islamic State group are now facing additional charges: financial aid fraud.

In an indictment publicized Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice says Hamza Naj Ahmed and Hanad Mustafe Musse used financial aid to buy plane tickets to the Middle East.

Ahmed used $1,048 in student loans to purchase a ticket to Turkey, while Musse spent more than $1,269 in federal financial aid to go to Greece, according to the indictment. They planned to head to Syria from those locations, the FBI says.

Ahmed, a 21-year-old from Savage, was originally charged in February with three counts, including planning and attempting to support the Islamic State and making false statements in a terrorism investigation.

Musse, 19, from Minneapolis, was one of the six men charged in April with similar offenses.

In addition, defendant Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21, also faces a new charge of making false statements. The indictment says he lied to FBI agents about traveling to Bulgaria and Greece, alone, for vacation. Authorities claim he was with three of the other defendants, and going to Syria.

The new information revealed Tuesday is part of a superseding indictment, which pulls most of the previous accusations (plus the new charges) levied against the seven men into one single indictment.

You can read the superseding indictment by clicking here. The original charges against the six men can be seen here, while details on Ahmed's first case are here.

At least nine Minnesotans have now been charged as part of this conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State group. The FBI says all of them are suspected associates or friends of one another.

Here are the seven suspects, and the charges against them:

Hamza Naj Ahmed, 21

  • Conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization
  • Attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization
  • Making a False Statement in a Terrorism Investigation
  • Financial aid fraud

Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19

  • Conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization
  • Attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization

Adnan Farah, 19

  • Conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization

Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19

  • Conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization
  • Attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization
  • Financial aid fraud

Guled Ali Omar, 20

  • Conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization
  • Attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization

Abdirahman Yasin Daud, 21

  • Conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization
  • Attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization

Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21

  • Conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization
  • Attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization
  • Making false statements

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