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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The jury considering the case of two Minnesota women accused of conspiring to funnel money to a terror group in Somalia has ended its first full day of deliberations with no verdict.

The jury will resume deliberations Wednesday in the trial of 35-year-old Amina Farah Ali and 64-year-old Hawo Mohamed Hassan.

Prosecutors say they were part of a “deadly pipeline” that routed money and fighters from the U.S. to Somalia.

Defense attorneys portray them as humanitarians who wanted to help the poor in their war-torn homeland and tried to aid those protecting Somalia.

The women, U.S. citizens of Somali descent, were among 20 people charged in Minnesota in federal investigations into recruiting and financing for al-Shabab, considered a terror group with ties to al-Qaida.

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