Prosecutor: Women accused of funding terrorists knew where cash was going

Two Women from Rochester are on trial for allegedly funneling thousands of dollars to a known terrorist group in Somalia. The defendants say they were only trying to help their homeland and did not know al-Shabab was engaged in terrorism there.
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Two Women from Rochester are on trial for allegedly funneling thousands of dollars to a known terrorist group in Somalia. The defendants say they were only trying to help their homeland and did not know al-Shabab was engaged in terrorism there.

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