Minnesota teen indicted on charges of supporting the Islamic State


A 19-year-old Minneapolis man was indicted Thursday on charges associated with supporting the Islamic State, known as ISIS or ISIL.

The Pioneer Press reports Hamza Ahmed of Minneapolis was charged with lying to the FBI during a terrorism investigation. The indictment also includes charges of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group and attempting to provide material support. You can read the FBI's news release about the three-count indictment here

Family spokesman Omar Jamal told KSTP that the man's family was unaware of his involvement.

FOX 9 reports that Ahmed traveled with three others to New York City on a Greyhound bus in November of 2014. His companions were stopped at customs, but Ahmed was already aboard a flight bound for Turkey at JFK when he was pulled off the plane by the FBI.

All four of the men were allowed to take a bus back to Minneapolis, where the FBI again interviewed Ahmed. Ahmed was arrested Feb. 5 and charged with lying to the FBI. He remains in federel custody after a magistrate judge said last week that he had posted threatening comments on Twitter, including comments about becoming a martyr.

MPR News reported Ahmed's attorney, JaneAnne Murray, said his social media updates were driven by hubris and didn't reflect her client's true intent.

The indictment comes the same week that an 18-member Minnesota delegation traveled to Washington, D.C. for a White House summit on limiting the recruiting of young people by extremist organizations.

"Since 2007, dozens of people from the Twin Cities have traveled or attempted to travel overseas in support of terror," U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said in a statement. "While my office will continue to prosecute those who attempt to provide material support to ISIL or any other terrorist organization, we remain committed to working with dedicated community members to bring this cycle to an end."

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