Kent Woman Charged With Aiding Somali Insurgents

Jul 23, 2014

A Somali immigrant was arrested by FBI agents in Kent, Wash. today. She's charged with handling money intended to help the insurgency group Al-Shabaab.

Hinda Osman Dhirane appeared in U. S. District Court in Seattle with aid from a Somali language translator.

She’s charged with 21 counts of providing material support to what prosecutors call a known terrorist organization, the group Al-Shabaab in Somalia. Documents allege that Dhirane sent and received several payments, often totaling just $100 to $200.

Four other people are charged in the conspiracy. Two have been arrested, one in the state of Virginia and one in the Netherlands. Two more are considered fugitives in Somalia and Kenya.

The indictment was issued by a federal grand jury in the Eastern district of Virginia. That’s where Dhirane may ultimately be sent to stand trial.

Court records say defendants used code words like “orphans” and “brothers in the mountains” to refer to Al-Shabaab. Judge James Donohue determined that Dhirane will be held without bail.

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