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Jury finds Rochester women guilty on all counts in terrorism case

A federal jury has convicted two women of aiding a terrorist group under the guise of charity. The women were the first to go to trial as part of a broad federal investigation into an alleged plot in Minnesota to recruit fighters and raise money for a militant group in Somalia.
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A federal jury has convicted two women of aiding a terrorist group under the guise of charity. The women were the first to go to trial as part of a broad federal investigation into an alleged plot in Minnesota to recruit fighters and raise money for a militant group in Somalia.

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