A federal trial involving more than a dozen defendants accused in a sex trafficking ring run by Somali gangs has faced a series of delays.
After days of selecting jurors, attorneys are set to give opening arguments on Monday in the trial of more than a dozen people accused in a sex trafficking ring run by Somali gangs that reached from Minnesota to Tennessee.
Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in the nation, and Saturday people across the metro rallied against a banking policy that affects the Somali community.
A Somali-American man admitted Monday that he helped raise money so others could travel from Minnesota to join the terror group al-Shabab in Somalia, and that he sent money to Somalia so one of those travelers could buy a firearm.
At a mid-town Wells Fargo bank a large group of Minnesota Somalis gathered Friday to remove their money from the bank and protest.
A money transfer business that sends remittances from Minnesota to Somalia says it will re-open Friday to allow transfers in small dollar amounts.
Hundreds of Minnesota Somalis are rallying to draw attention to the closing of businesses they use to send money back to Somalia.
A bank that handles the majority of money transfers from Minnesota to Somalia said Friday it would continue that service until Dec. 30, allowing funds to keep flowing into the war-torn and famine-stricken country while officials discuss ways to reduce the bank’s risk.
Tens of thousands of Somalis living in Minnesota might be forced to find another way to send money to relatives in their homeland after a bank that handles the majority of the community’s wire transfers said it was halting the service amid fears some funds could go to terrorists.
The FBI is working to obtain the remains of a suicide bomber in Somalia to try to determine his identity.
Somali officials say the man believed to be responsible for the deaths of 10 people in an alleged suicide bombing was from Minneapolis.
One of the suicide bombers in Saturday’s bombing near the Somali capitol is an American from Minneapolis, according to the Somalia Mission to the U.N.
Two Minnesota women who claimed they were helping the poor in Somalia were convicted Thursday of conspiring to funnel money to a terrorist group as part of what prosecutors called a “deadly pipeline” sending funds and fighters to al-Shabab.
A jury has resumed deliberations in the case of two Minnesota women accused of conspiring to funnel money to a terror group in Somalia.
Three men are facing criminal charges of possessing a drug called khat in Brown County.