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Somali May Live In Ohio Pending Terror Sentencing

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Somali-American who pleaded guilty to a terror charge in Minnesota will be allowed to live in Ohio with his wife and child pending sentencing.

Twenty-seven-year-old Ahmed Hussein Mahamud admitted this month that he helped raise money so others could travel from Minnesota to Somalia to join al-Shabab.

Mahamud lived in Eden Prairie until last year, when he moved to Westerville, Ohio. He’s been at a halfway house in Minnesota since his June arrest, but a judge says he can now leave.

Prosecutors did not object to Mahamud’s request to return to Ohio pending sentencing. A date has not been set.

Minnesota’s federal investigation into the recruitment of fighters for the al-Qaida-linked group is ongoing. Since 2007, at least 21 men are believed to have left Minnesota to join al-Shabab.

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